Woman jailed for stealing from civil rights veteran

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A woman convicted of stealing money from two pensioners, including a prominent Derry civil rights veteran, has been jailed for eight months.

Iris Wild, who is originally from Germany but now resides at Chapel Road in the Waterside area of the city, was found guilty of 26 charges of theft after a contest at Derry Magistrate’s Court.

The 36-year-old stole over £5,000 from civil rights veteran Finbar O’Doherty and another 66-year-old man between October 12, 2010 and May 31, 2011.

The court heard that she stole money from the 66-year-old man while she was employed as his cleaner.

She stole money from Mr O’Doherty’s bank and PayPal accounts while she was employed by him to help with a book about the civil rights movement.

Defence counsel Patrick O’Kane told the court his client still denies the offences.

Jailing Wild, District Judge Barney McElholm said the 36-year-old had stolen from employers and committed a “gross breach of trust.”

He said she had shown no remorse and is in “total denial about her course of conduct.”

However, Mr McElholm agreed to fix bail pending appeal.

Wild was released on her own bail of £750, with one surety of £750 and banned from leaving Northern Ireland.