Town is at risk while mother of 11 is at liberty

A mother of 11 who has 140 previous convictions was sentenced to a total of ten months imprisonment at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court heard on Tuesday.

A mother of 11 who has 140 previous convictions was sentenced to a total of ten months imprisonment at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court heard on Tuesday.

Elizabeth Crumlish, 37, with an address at 3 Ross Park Flats, Stranorlar and at 3 Ashfield, Letterkenny was present in court to face charges. The court heard that she had deceived Sebsastian Poborcyzk at Smyths Toystore in Cleveragh Retail Number 2 in Sligo, by making him issue store credit of €299.96 on June 15, 2013. The court heard that Crumlish stole a t-shirt worth €30 from Brian McCormick’s, Letterkenny on the May 27, last. On April 21, 2013, Crumlish did dishonestly induce Alison McDevitt of Clarke’s shoe shop on Neil T. Blayney road to issue her with a credit note for the sum of €46. On the same date she entered the Dunnes Stores at the Neil T. Blayney Road and dishonestly induced Shaun Walshe to issue her with a credit note for the sum of €53.06.

When arrested by Garda Kevin Heinz on Tuesday last, Crumlish said “I want to apologise. I need help guard.”

Judge Paul Kelly said that he had sentenced Crumlish to 20 months a matter of six weeks ago. Garda Heinz said that she has been released on bail. He said: “This town is at risk while this lady is at liberty. I sentenced before in April. She took up bail and continued to commit these offences while out on bail. Her modus operandi is to keep offending as long as she is at liberty to do so. She has to take responsibility for herself. She needs help.”

Solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that Crumlish had been convicted “similar offences over a period of time.” He said that his client was up front and open about it. Judge Kelly sentenced her to ten months imprisonment.