A Polish man who
mugged an 80-year old Buncrana woman is to be jailed
for at least one year.
Krystian Wozniak, Flat 5, Former Central Hotel,
Buncrana, failed to appear at the local court
yesterday for sentencing and to hand over €2,000 in
compensation to his victim.
Judge Desmond Zaidan took a dim view of the 24-year
old's attitude to the case.
"This man mugged an 80-year old woman and the reason
he did this I was told, was because he was starving
on the streets of Buncrana. The fact is, he had just
finished work. The whole thing is just a sham," said
"I offered him an olive branch on the last occasion
and he has thrown it back at me. He's going to
prison for a minimum of 12 months but he could be
looking at 24 months," he said.
The court was told that Wozniak, who has no English,
was in employment laying cables locally at the time
he mugged the pensioner. He had since moved to west
Cork with the cable company in question.
A bench warrant was issued yesterday for his arrest.
The judge also certified for payment for an
interpreter who had been appointed to the case by
the Probation and Welfare Service.
The judge remarked: "This was a particularly vicious
assault on an 80-year old woman."