Two Romanian women with addresses in Donegal have pleaded guilty to robbing an 86-year-old woman of £150 in Derry.
Terca Rosa (23) of Mill Road in Letterkenny and Lamita Mihal (21) of 3, Mill Road in Newtowncunningham both in Donegal, appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court where they admitted the offence that occurred on March 20.
The court was told that the 86-year-old woman contacted police to say that while in the Tesco car park at Lisnagelvin and had been approached by the two women.
She told police Mihal had asked for change and then Rosta had distracted the pensioner while Mihal had rummaged through her purse.
On reaching home the woman discovered that £150 was missing.
A description of the pair was circulated.
Then on March 22 the pensioner contacted police again to say she had seen the two women in the vicinity of St. Columb’s Cathedral asking her 94-year-old friend for change.
Both women were arrested.
At interview Rostas denied theft and said she had been in Tesco’s to buy clothes.
Defence solicitor Mr. Paddy MacDermott said it was ‘a mean and nasty offence’ and that the only saving grace was that no force or threats had been used.
He said that as regards Rostas she had spent three weeks in custody.
Mihal had been released on bail and had cash to pay compensation.
The case against Mihal was adjourned until Friday to allow her to bring the full amount to court.
Rostas was sentenced to 8 months in prison suspended for three years.