Young mum mugs girls in Sutton park while pushing baby in a pram

Maeve Dennehy

Maeve Dennehy

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A teenage single mum mugged a pair of 13-year-old girls while pushing her four-month-old baby in a pram, a court heard.

Nineteen-year-old Maeve Dennehy, who is expecting another child, admitted holding one girl in a wrestling style leg lock and repeatedly kicking the other before running off with a mobile phone, wallet and bank cards pushing her baby in a pram.

Dennehy, who was 17 years old at the time, escaped being jailed at Croydon Crown Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to two charges of robbery at an earlier hearing.

Judge Ruth Downing, sentencing, said she recognised the attack was committed in a “peculiar fit of rage fuelled by drink”, noting Dennehy, from Carshalton, had just split up with the father of her child.

She said: “Mugging is an unpleasant, nasty crime. It’s too prevalent and it’s unpleasant for those involved.

“It’s particularly unpleasant when those involved are teenagers, and one is well aware that a great number of teenagers are preyed upon for their mobile phones.

“Until this incident you were a young woman of good character. That said I’m not a social worker, and it’s not my function to rearrange your life or assist you with the difficulties that arise when you have a baby as a teenager.”

The court heard that Dennehy and another teenage girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had approached the girls in Beddington Park, Sutton, and engaged them in conversation, before demanding a mobile phone from one of them.

When the girl refused, she was pulled to the floor by her hair and kicked twice, while Dennehy grabbed hold and wound her legs around the other girl’s leg to stop her escaping.

She locked her arm around the girl’s neck and demanded the phone, before kicking the second girl “five or six times” and yanking a necklace from around her neck, breaking it.

Prosecuting, Sue Obeney said: “Both complainants managed to ring their parents and [one victim’s parents] arrived and drove around and both the defendants were found near to the Rose and Crown pub.

“Miss Dennehy was still with her four-month-old baby.

“In the interview Miss Dennehy did make full admission although ... she was not repentant.”

Dennehy was handed six months in a young offenders’ institute, suspended for two years, and ordered to attend supervision sessions with a probation order for the next 24 months.

Her co-defendant, who was sentenced on Friday, was handed an eight-month referral order.

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8:31am Mon 12 Oct 09

TOPHOUSE1 says...

Dennehy was drunk when she commited this mugging,other parents have had their children taken away for far lesser reasons.Where are the social workers in this case,this women/girl is not fit to bring up children.
Dennehy was drunk when she commited this mugging,other parents have had their children taken away for far lesser reasons.Where are the social workers in this case,this women/girl is not fit to bring up children. TOPHOUSE1
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11:11am Mon 12 Oct 09

theavengers says...

There are far too many of these trashy single mums around these days. Obviously all the sex education and free condoms don't work for a certain class of people. I'm sick and tired of these scum reproducing the next generation of lay abouts, supported fully by my taxes. Being a mum myself, this sickens me to see just how many young unfit mums out there are having all these kids of which they do not love, care for, and treat as a inconvience instead of what every child should have: loving parents who plan for their future and would work their fingers to the bone to give them everything they need socially and emotionally. I hate that my child may have to attend school with these kids who are brought up around drugs, violence, and hate c/o their "mums". It's a human rights issue when kids are born to these sorts, sterilization is surely more humane than these types having all these kids they don't care about and can give nothing to.
There are far too many of these trashy single mums around these days. Obviously all the sex education and free condoms don't work for a certain class of people. I'm sick and tired of these scum reproducing the next generation of lay abouts, supported fully by my taxes. Being a mum myself, this sickens me to see just how many young unfit mums out there are having all these kids of which they do not love, care for, and treat as a inconvience instead of what every child should have: loving parents who plan for their future and would work their fingers to the bone to give them everything they need socially and emotionally. I hate that my child may have to attend school with these kids who are brought up around drugs, violence, and hate c/o their "mums". It's a human rights issue when kids are born to these sorts, sterilization is surely more humane than these types having all these kids they don't care about and can give nothing to. theavengers
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11:11am Mon 12 Oct 09

theavengers says...

There are far too many of these trashy single mums around these days. Obviously all the sex education and free condoms don't work for a certain class of people. I'm sick and tired of these scum reproducing the next generation of lay abouts, supported fully by my taxes. Being a mum myself, this sickens me to see just how many young unfit mums out there are having all these kids of which they do not love, care for, and treat as a inconvience instead of what every child should have: loving parents who plan for their future and would work their fingers to the bone to give them everything they need socially and emotionally. I hate that my child may have to attend school with these kids who are brought up around drugs, violence, and hate c/o their "mums". It's a human rights issue when kids are born to these sorts, sterilization is surely more humane than these types having all these kids they don't care about and can give nothing to.
There are far too many of these trashy single mums around these days. Obviously all the sex education and free condoms don't work for a certain class of people. I'm sick and tired of these scum reproducing the next generation of lay abouts, supported fully by my taxes. Being a mum myself, this sickens me to see just how many young unfit mums out there are having all these kids of which they do not love, care for, and treat as a inconvience instead of what every child should have: loving parents who plan for their future and would work their fingers to the bone to give them everything they need socially and emotionally. I hate that my child may have to attend school with these kids who are brought up around drugs, violence, and hate c/o their "mums". It's a human rights issue when kids are born to these sorts, sterilization is surely more humane than these types having all these kids they don't care about and can give nothing to. theavengers
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8:14pm Tue 13 Oct 09

Fred1 says...

Gaah! That's positively scary! I hate to say it, but if a mother with a baby somehow managed to mug me, I think my instinctive natural reaction would be to try to kidnap the baby and hold it hostage.
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Then again, who's to say that people don't specifically kidnap babies for the purpose of passing themselves off as a vulnerable single parent in the street, thereby lulling you into dropping your defences lower than you'd do if she was a hoodie on her own? Losing your phone and wallet to a mugger is bad enough, but having someone else's baby abandoned on you *as well* ... honestly, how is Joe Public expected to cope with that sort of thing?
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It's hard to believe that someone who takes children out mugging is really providing a conducive environment for the upbringing of those children, regardless of whether the children are their own or not.
Gaah! That's positively scary! I hate to say it, but if a mother with a baby somehow managed to mug me, I think my instinctive natural reaction would be to try to kidnap the baby and hold it hostage. . Then again, who's to say that people don't specifically kidnap babies for the purpose of passing themselves off as a vulnerable single parent in the street, thereby lulling you into dropping your defences lower than you'd do if she was a hoodie on her own? Losing your phone and wallet to a mugger is bad enough, but having someone else's baby abandoned on you *as well* ... honestly, how is Joe Public expected to cope with that sort of thing? . It's hard to believe that someone who takes children out mugging is really providing a conducive environment for the upbringing of those children, regardless of whether the children are their own or not. Fred1
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2:19pm Wed 14 Oct 09

OMG2627 says...

Trash, Trash, Trash, shame on her, makes you think how them children are going to be brought up, or what they are going to be like when they grow up if a mother (if you can call her that) can do something like she has done to two young girls, lets hope she meets her match one day, kids should be taken off her and she should be locked up, probably not the first time she has done this and wont be the last time!!
Trash, Trash, Trash, shame on her, makes you think how them children are going to be brought up, or what they are going to be like when they grow up if a mother (if you can call her that) can do something like she has done to two young girls, lets hope she meets her match one day, kids should be taken off her and she should be locked up, probably not the first time she has done this and wont be the last time!! OMG2627
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8:33pm Sun 18 Oct 09

theresa7475 says...

Pity the poor child having that for a mother!!!
What sort of punishment was that? These poor girls had the guts to go to court and stand up for what was right, yet they were let down.
That thug will no doubt do it again, why work to buy yourself nice things when you can rob off someone else?
Bet she even gets, if not already got, a nice free home off the council and will no doubt sit on her fat backside popping out more babies to rake in more benefits.
Pity the poor child having that for a mother!!! What sort of punishment was that? These poor girls had the guts to go to court and stand up for what was right, yet they were let down. That thug will no doubt do it again, why work to buy yourself nice things when you can rob off someone else? Bet she even gets, if not already got, a nice free home off the council and will no doubt sit on her fat backside popping out more babies to rake in more benefits. theresa7475
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