Wednesday 18 October 2017

Killer gets four years for bottle attack

Declan Brennan

A KILLER has been given a four-year jail sentence for another attack where she used a broken beer bottle to slash a stranger's neck in a case of mistaken identity.

Tanya Lambe (35) left her victim James Kelly with permanent scarring after slicing him across his neck in the unprovoked attack in April 2011.

Lambe was previously jailed in 2005 after pleading guilty to the 2003 manslaughter of Anthony Jordan (54). During a drunken row she and another man beat Mr Jordan to death using a hockey stick and a mop handle. She received a 10-year sentence, later reduced to eight on appeal.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Lambe grew up in a deeply dysfunctional family and that her father was violent towards her mother and the children.

Lambe, of Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham, admitted assaulting Mr Kelly at Central Bank Plaza, Dublin city centre on April 22, 2011.

Lambe has 62 previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan said that the court had to decide if she posed a risk to society.

He said it was difficult to be sure that she could "control her demons".

He imposed a jail term of four years but suspended the last 18 months on the condition that she keep the peace and remain under the supervision of the Probation Service.

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