20 Aug 2022

Handbag snatch case struck out

A CASE involving a handbag snatched from a woman on High Street, Kilkenny was struck out at Kilkenny Court.

A CASE involving a handbag snatched from a woman on High Street, Kilkenny was struck out at Kilkenny Court.

Adam Comerford, Aughtanny, Castleinch contested the allegation of theft at High Street on April 10. A witness in the case told the court that she was walking down High Street at 4am on April 10, 2010 after leaving a friend’s house on Colliers Lane. “I was walking towards High Street and making a phone call for a taxi. There were two guys at the corner of the lane and they asked me for a cigarette and I said I had none. I kept walking towards the TSB bank to call a taxi.

“I heard footsteps behind me and there were two guys running and one of them grabbed my bag. A taxi man stopped and we tried to go after them but they were gone,” she said. CCTV footage was shown to the court of the incident at 4.08am which showed two men approach the victim. One of them took her bag and the two ran off. Two minutes later a man is seen walking in the same direction on the footage. Solicitor Michael Lanigan told the court that his client claims to be the man seen walking two minutes after the alleged incident.

Garda Noel Casey told the court that he was on duty on the date in question when the injured party reported the incident. He agreed that the man filmed at 4.10am bore ‘a resemblance to Mr Comerford’. Judge Eamon O’Brien said that he had to consider the poor quality of the CCTV footage adding that he had a doubt in the case and struck the matter out.

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