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Limerick Tramps Plead Guilty to Larceny Charges in Ennis Court

In a courtroom session at Ennis Quarter Seasons on Saturday, Pat and Mary Donahue, members of the tramp fraternity hailing from Limerick, pleaded guilty to the charge of larceny involving five shirts stolen from Mr P. T. Dillon’s establishment on Church Street, Ennis. The hearing, presided over by His Honor Judge Bodkin, K. O., shed light on the extensive criminal history of the accused.

His Honor, addressing the court, expressed concern over the defendants’ criminal records, stating that they seemed to have committed almost every class of offence. He noted that upon their release from jail, they would promptly engage in activities such as stealing and cheating. The male prisoner, in particular, had a staggering 69 convictions, including assault, robbery, robbery from the person, being a man of evil fame, loitering, and attempting to pick pockets. Additionally, there were 44 minor convictions against him.

The judge highlighted that the male prisoner had spent the greater part of his life in prison, emphasizing the gravity of his criminal history. The female prisoner, at the age of 32, had also spent a significant portion of her life behind bars. Her criminal journey began early, with a five-year stint in a reformatory. Subsequently, she accrued multiple terms of imprisonment, including three years, several terms of six months, and various others.

Judge Bodkin, in delivering the sentence, declared that the Donahue couple would each receive six months in prison. The male prisoner expressed gratitude, mentioning that they had already been awaiting trial for three months. Unmoved, His Honor decided to add an extra six months to their sentence, asserting that there was hope for their rehabilitation.

The courtroom revelation sheds light on the persistent criminal behaviour of individuals associated with the tramp fraternity, and the extensive history of the accused from Limerick serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by the justice system in dealing with habitual offenders.

The judge’s decision to extend the sentence underscores the severity of the crimes committed and the need for a stringent approach to deter repeated offences. As the courtroom proceedings conclude, the community is left to contemplate the broader implications of this case and the ongoing efforts to address criminality in the region.

This incident serves as a stark illustration of the complex and multifaceted challenges faced by law enforcement in dealing with repeat offenders, prompting a broader societal conversation about the root causes and potential solutions to address recidivism in Limerick and beyond.

Weekly Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 25 October 1913

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