A mother whose criminal son walked three weeks ago, after being granted a three-hour companion to visit his poor grandmother, lost half of the $ 500 she had lodged with the court.
Theresa Donegan from Summerhill Park in the Prehen area of Derry recovered $ 500 from her credit unions Christmas Savings account to enable her son James Gerald Donegan to get compassionate.
But during the three-hour compassionate fortune period last month, her son, 30 years from Ferndale Drive, ceased. He was in prison in Maghaberry Prison in anticipation of sentencing to steal a woman's handbag, attacking the woman and trying to hijack a car.
Donegan, who has 83 previous criminal convictions, admits he committed crimes in May last year.
PSNI believes Donegan lives in a border town in Co Donegal but because he is still big, he does not think he may be forced to attend the city's Crown Court for his judgment.
In the court today, Miss Donegan's lawyer Seamus Quigley told Judge Philip Babington that Mrs. Donegan has been in contact with her son since he was walking with him to return home.
He said Donegan's absconding had caused great stress for his mother and other members of her family.
"The police have been looking for several houses they are entitled to in their efforts to find Donegan, whose behavior has caused ripples far and wide. She accepts that her son was cheating on her and that she has been grinned by her son." Mr. Quigley said
Judge Babington said Donegan had not only baptized his mother but also the court.
"Behavior like this means that other compassionate citizen applications will not be given serious consideration in the future because of this man's behavior," he said.
"I think Mrs Donegan is a very truthful woman and I'm sorry I have to do it, but the court must mark this," said Judge Babington.
Judge Babington then devoured half of Mrs. Donegans £ 500 security.
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