Burglaries accused woman was on bail for similar offences
A woman charged with a spate of burglaries in which pensioners were targeted is already on bail for similar offences, a court has heard.
Kathleen Alice Connors (43) is accused of two counts of burglary, an attempted burglary and numerous motoring offences, all in the last week of April.
Connors, who stood in the dock at Newry Magistrates Court flanked by police officers, confirmed she was aware of the charges.
A detective constable said she believed she could connect the accused to the charges, adding that she was objecting to bail amid fears that Connors would reoffend.
She described to the court how one incident happened in a Fold housing development, while in another a child pinned an elderly man's arms to his side while Connors stole his wallet.
The officer revealed that Connors was on bail at the time for similar offences in March.
The latest incident, at around 8pm on April 28, involved an 87-year-old man from Crossmaglen in south Armagh.
The detective told the court how the man was in his living room when a woman and a female child appeared from his bedroom.
The officer said the man, believing they had sneaked in the back door, challenged them, and the female said they wanted a cup of tea. The detective said the man believed they where homeless and took them into the kitchen to make tea.
When he did so, she told the court, the child wrapped her arms around him in a bear hug, pinning them to his side.
The officer said it was then that Connors put her hand in his right pocket and took his wallet containing £350, before she and the child ran out.
The pensioner followed them onto the street and saw them running away. He gave police a description of the woman being around 45 years with a stocky build, 5ft 7ins tall, dishevelled in appearance, and with a southern Irish accent.
During police searches of Connors and her caravan, police seized a total of £440 in cash.
When she was arrested Connors admitted driving with neither a licence, insurance nor a MOT.
District Judge Greg McCourt remanded her into custody to appear again on May 18 via video-link.