A Polish national who was charged with the theft of two items of jewellery from a house where she worked as a cleaner was sentenced to three months in jail at Castlebar District Court last week.
Anna Kurpyta with an address of 55 Victoria Place, Castlebar was under investigation in relation to a burglary in the Castlebar area on July 25 last in which cash and jewellery was taken, Detective Garda Declan Sweeney told the court.
She worked at the house as a cleaner and Gardaí obtained a search warrant and searched Kurpyta’s house on July 28. There they found a five diamond gold ring valued at €1,850 and a three diamond drop-pendant valued at €1,179, for which Kurpyta could offer no explanation as to how it was in her possession.
The injured party from the robbery of July 25 could not identify the jewellery as hers but it was subsequently found to belong to a Ms Marcella Tuffy, whom Kurpyta also worked for as a cleaner.
The defendant pleaded guilty and her solicitor, Caroline Barry, said Kurpyta was worried about how this case might affect her current job as a cleaner in Mayo General Hospital and that she was willing to do community service in lieu of a jail sentence.
Judge Mary Devins observed that it was far from ideal that Kurpyta worked in the hospital.
“There are lots of handbags and personal belongings in lockers in hospitals,” she said.
Judge Devins added that if Kurpyta could offer some co-operation in relation to the burglary on July 25, that might help her to be more lenient. However, when the matter later returned to the court, Ms Barry said that her client stated she had no involvement in the July 25 incident and was only investigated because she worked there as a cleaner.
Judge Mary Devins sentenced Kurpyta to three months in jail and fined her €500.