Irish woman jailed for ‘bizarre’ diamond necklace
Posted On July 8, 2021
A 23-year-old woman has been jailed for “bizarre” diamond necklacing.
The woman, from Londonderry, was given an 18-month sentence at County Court in Galway on Friday.
She had been arrested at a jewelry store in Galveston on January 30.
She was arrested by gardai on suspicion of selling and importing an imitation diamond, a large quantity of it.
The item was recovered by police at the scene and police recovered a quantity of the counterfeit jewellery.
The court heard the woman had travelled to Ireland from New Zealand in the hope of purchasing diamonds at a jewellers in the city.
In a statement read out to the court she said: “I am a single mother of two young children.
I am an alcoholic and have been for many years.
I have a very large collection of diamonds.”
My son loves to go to the shop and I wanted to show him the difference diamonds made.
“I have bought diamonds and had them cut by my friend, but I am only 21 and I have always wanted to own a real diamond.”
We are going to have to put up with this for a while but I will always love diamonds and have a lot of them.
“Gardai said the woman would be sentenced on May 10.