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Local brothers stole life savings from old lady

  • 26-07-2019 4:53pm
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    Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    https://www.rte.ie/news/courts/2019/0725/1065257-galway-court/
    A 76-year-old woman has told how she knew she was being "codded up to the eyeballs" by two brothers who stole over €200,000 from her.

    The bogus handymen, 46-year-old Thomas Coen and Michael Coen, 38, carried out odd jobs in the woman's home and garden, inflating the prices they charged while demanding payment on an almost daily basis over 18 months.

    The brothers - with an address at 181 Corrib Park, Galway - were each sentenced to six years in prison, with the final 18 months suspended.
    It hurts to hear about old ladies being robbed but somehow it hurts more when it happens here.
    Somehow I thought Galway people are better than this.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40,086 ✭✭✭✭ Harry Palmr


    Why would you imagine Galway people better than the rest of us? DNA? the mystical presence of Michael D Higgins wafting in from the Aras? Or because it's a place with a vastly inflated idea of its collective self?


  • Registered Users Posts: 464 ✭✭ Meeeee79


    Why would you imagine Galway people better than the rest of us? DNA? the mystical presence of Michael D Higgins wafting in from the Aras? Or because it's a place with a vastly inflated idea of its collective self?

    Wow!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,145 ✭✭✭ Poll Dubh


    Michael D Higgins wafting in from the Aras?

    Michael D takes more than 200K from the rest of us on a yearly basis.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 616 ✭✭✭ Crock Rock


    Poll Dubh wrote: »
    Michael D takes more than 200K from the rest of us on a yearly basis.


    Which works out at 4 or 5 cent per citizen.


    Besides, he earns his money legally unlike the thing that stole it from the lady. It needs to be put down.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,313 ✭✭✭ Westernyelp


    Why would you imagine Galway people better than the rest of us? DNA? the mystical presence of Michael D Higgins wafting in from the Aras? Or because it's a place with a vastly inflated idea of its collective self?


    That's the point you pick up in? Weird


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,282 ✭✭✭✭ ben.schlomo


    This thread has the makings of a good one, I'm guessing posts removed and thread bans within a day.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,775 ✭✭✭ Effects


    That's the point you pick up in? Weird

    How is it weird? Why would Galway people be any different to people from other counties? It's stupid to think so.


  • Registered Users Posts: 130 ✭✭ laotg


    They should have stuck with the film making.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,460 ✭✭✭ Laviski


    This thread has the makings of a good one, I'm guessing posts removed and thread bans within a day.

    part of the problem today's PC brigade, just like soft sentences.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,301 ✭✭✭ gordongekko


    Hard to believe that , that poor lady is the only victim of those two yokes


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,675 ✭✭✭ ronnie3585


    Ooooooooohhhh......isn’t it desperate, Joe.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,313 ✭✭✭ Westernyelp


    Effects wrote:
    How is it weird? Why would Galway people be any different to people from other counties? It's stupid to think so.


    An elderly woman has her life savings stolen and poster gets upset at some throwaway comment about Galway people.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,438 ✭✭✭ ThebitterLemon


    Unscrupulous immoral people in Donegal too.

    https://www.rte.ie/news/ulster/2019/0726/1065437-donegal/

    TbL


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    People stealing from old folks have no honour.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,278 ✭✭✭ Your Face


    I love this thread.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,975 ✭✭✭ Gadgetman496


    Hits the Follow button :)

    "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,929 ✭✭✭ bobbyss


    Poll Dubh wrote:
    Michael D takes more than 200K from the rest of us on a yearly basis.


    It was a low thing to do. Faces covered up as they were being led away. But picture already published in newspapers. Shameful.
    You seem to think Michael D gets paid too much. How much precisely do you think he should earn?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,605 ✭✭✭ Andrea B.


    Considering his duty costs are expensed and accommodation provided, I would suggest €45k pa.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,592 ✭✭✭ malinheader


    Unscrupulous immoral people in Donegal too.

    https://www.rte.ie/news/ulster/2019/0726/1065437-donegal/

    TbL

    Is this thread about which county has the worst scumbags or what. Strange how it's the first thing people pick up on. As regards the two brothers and the woman in Donegal and anyone who takes advantage of the elderly no kind of sentence or rehabilitation will cure these people, they are the lowest kind of humanity on par with paedophiles.
    They should never be let back into society again.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 24,778 ✭✭✭✭ Derek Bewildered Teenager


    Andrea B. wrote: »
    Considering his duty costs are expensed and accommodation provided, I would suggest €45k pa.

    If you think 45k is appropriate pay for the president you live in a parallel universe. The nonsense that comes out of people when it comes to politicians pay is really something else.

    Saying is accommodation is provided really demonstrates the cluelessness, the president is a temporary job you still need to keep your own house.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,605 ✭✭✭ Andrea B.


    Are we talking about the president or politicians? Nonsense?
    He could rent his house. If the pay does not suit, do not run for office.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,137 ✭✭✭ Damien360


    A quick google map of their exact address shows a van for gardening and power washing complete with mobile number and owner of van is Tom. Coincidence or is their van ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 72,646 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm


    Damien360 wrote: »
    A quick google map of their exact address shows a van for gardening and power washing complete with mobile number and owner of van is Tom. Coincidence or is their van ?

    He’s VAT registered at that address. (Or at least another Thomas Coen is, could be father etc.)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 24,778 ✭✭✭✭ Derek Bewildered Teenager


    Andrea B. wrote: »
    Are we talking about the president or politicians? Nonsense?
    He could rent his house. If the pay does not suit, do not run for office.

    The president is a politician and he and all other politicians should be highly paid.

    It’s absolute nonsense suggesting the position of president of the county should not come with a very attractive salary. 200k isn’t even that much to be honest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,605 ✭✭✭ Andrea B.


    You asked.
    I responded with what i thought was a suitable salary.
    The office of president is not a political one. You know that.
    I respect your opinion that 200k is not enough.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional West Moderators Posts: 6,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭ connemara man


    The Presidents/Politicians wages have nothing to do with the case in the OP


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,929 ✭✭✭ bobbyss


    How were these two eventually found out? Such a shame she found it difficult to talk to family members about them.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    One of them has a previous charge of the same kind in 2011. I wonder if there are more incidents like this between then and now.
    https://www.advertiser.ie/Galway/article/47637/man-who-tried-to-hookwink-elderly-woman-given-suspended-sentence
    Garda Sean McHugh told the court that Coen had been employed by the woman’s next door neighbour to carry out landscaping work.
    That same day Coen went to the woman’s house, uninvited, claiming that a number of her trees had to be cut down as they were interfering with ESB wires and that this would cost between €300 and €500. The woman, who was living alone, declined his offer to do the job, but, the following day Coen returned, telling her that he had gone ahead and completed the work anyway and that this would cost her €700.

    Garda McHugh said that the woman had felt intimidated and wrote a cheque for €600 to get him to leave and had intended to cancel this cheque the next day; however she found that the cheque had already been cashed.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,769 Mod ✭✭✭✭ nuac


    That robbery such as by the Coen brothers happens all too often.
    Certain people are expert at sussing out who has a few bob and is easily codded. They get their foot in the door ( often literally ) by claiming something has to be done urgently. Then by "persuasion" and intimidation they press a range of "services". Some people are gullible, many will avail of what they think is a bargain, others are easily intimidated.

    One solution is a neighbourhood watch scheme whereby strangers in area are flagged to other neighbours and to AGS


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,465 ✭✭✭ Will I Am Not


    No country for old women.


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