The culprit was jailed for eight months for this offence yesterday and for a total of ten months when other charges against him were taken into consideration.
Inspector Eileen Foster said the crime was committed on Oliver Plunkett St, Cork, on March 28, 2014.
“There was a theft of a handbag from a young woman. She was visibly upset and crying and told gardaí a man approached her from behind and snatched her handbag containing €70 in cash and her white iPhone 5.”
None of the stolen property was recovered.
At Cork District Court yesterday, Damien Morley, aged 27, of Cork Simon Community, pleaded guilty to carrying out the theft.
He had 84 previous convictions. One of those involved a suspended seven-month sentence. In light of his latest theft conviction, that suspension was revoked and another three months was imposed for the theft.
The original crime for which he got the suspended sentence was a burglary at St Kevin’s Secondary School, Langford Row, Cork, last May.
Donal Daly, solicitor, said Morley had been struggling with a heroin addiction and had found a Christian church very helpful. Unfortunately he had slipped back on the heroin, he said. “He is very sorry, his crimes are purely to feed his addiction.”