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Killer gets one-year sentence after stabbing friend over Elvis song

Declan Brennan

Published 15/11/2012 | 17:22

A CONVICTED killer who stabbed a friend in a drunken New Year’s Eve row over an Elvis song has being given a one year jail sentence.

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Tanya Lambe (35) pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Anne Marie Carroll at Charlemont Street on December 31, 2009.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Ms Carroll doesn't remember being attacked and woke up to the sound of the New Year bells to find herself bleeding and coughing up blood.

She put some Sudocrem and Vaseline on the injury and fell asleep for two days. She was brought to hospital by her neighbour as the injury had become septic.

A medical report described the wound as a 2cm cut and said that it didn't require any treatment.

Lambe of Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, had recently completed an eight year jail sentence for the 2003 manslaughter of Anthony Jordan (54). During a drunken row she and another woman beat Mr Jordan to death using a hockey stick and a mop handle.

Last month she received a four year jail sentence for an unprovoked assault in which the victim was left scarred for life after Lambe sliced him with a broken beer bottle.

Marie Torrens, defending Lambe, said the facts in this case painted “a grim picture of New Year's Eve” where three women were all drunk in a flat and that some of them were using drugs.

She said the victim refused to stop playing a record by Elvis that was upsetting Lambe. Lambe told gardai that they began rowing and she stabbed Ms Carroll.

The victim later told gardai that Lambe was either holding a knife or a scissors and that she began demanding money from her.

She said the next thing she remembers is waking up in the flat on her own to the sound of bells ringing for the New Year and coughing up blood.

She said she noticed an injury to her belly button and blood all over the flat. She said didn't know how she got the injuries.

Garda Anthony Gilleran told Karl Finnegan BL, prosecuting, that the third woman in the flat is charged with production of a knife.

Ms Torrens said her client had a very bad problem with alcohol and a personality disorder. Gda Gilleran agreed that Lambe is fine to deal with when she is sober.

Judge Martin Nolan said that, considering Lambe's guilty plea, her expressions of remorse, and the medical evidence, he would impose a one year prison sentence from today/yesterday

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