A MOTHER-OF-TWO has been sentenced to two years after she kept watch while her then partner viciously assaulted and robbed a 71-year-old barber.
Kelly Ann Jennings (33) later lied to two shopkeepers who chased and apprehended Jonathan Wall (31) and told them that the victim had raped Wall.
“He was raped, I witnessed it and I will tell gardaí,” Jennings said after Wall had also falsely claimed the elderly man had tried to rape him.
Marie Torrens BL, defending Jennings told Judge Martin Nolan that there was no truth to “the horrible thing my client said about the victim” and she never reported any incident to the gardaí.
Wall was sentenced to three years last October for the offence during which he punched and kicked the victim as he lay on the ground. He was caught near-by covered in blood by passers-by who witnessed the attack.
Wall had pleaded guilty to robbery of Jim O’Connor at his barbershop on Patrick Street on September 17, 2009. He has six previous convictions, all for more minor matters.
Judge Nolan sentenced Jennings of Clifton Park, Shankill, to two years with the final year suspended today after she pleaded guilty to the same offence. She has previous convictions for public order, drugs, theft, burglary and handling stolen property.
Garda Eamon Moynihan agreed with Ms Torrens that Jennings was very much under the influence of Wall at the time and their relationship had been very abusive.
He accepted that she had previously been hospitalised as a result of a beating from him but has since moved from the area and has no more dealings with Wall.
Mr O’Connor told Judge Nolan at Wall’s sentence hearing last October, that the attack was the worst day of his life and that he was left with two black eyes, bruises and cuts requiring stitches. He had also lost a lot of blood.
The court heard the victim was down almost €1500 in lost earnings as a result of the attack.
Gda Moynihan told prosecuting counsel, Tony McGillicuddy BL, that Mr O’Connor had finished cutting the hair of his last customer and was locking up his shop when he saw Wall sitting on a bench outside.
Wall approached him, demanded money and started to beat the victim. He took the shop keys from Mr O’Connor and pulled him to the ground.
Wall kicked him while he was on the ground and stole his watch before going into the barbershop and taking about €50 from the till.
Wall fled the shop while Mr O’Connor shouted for help. Passers-by chased and caught Wall before holding him until gardai arrived. He was interviewed twice but made no admissions.
Jennings was later identified after gardai viewed CCTV footage of the raid. It was confirmed that although she stepped into the hallway outside the shop, she never actually went into the barbers.
Jennings failed to turn up for her sentence hearing and was arrested this week on foot of a bench warrant.
Ms Torrens said her client was “extremely remorseful and horrified” about what had happened during the robbery.
She said Jennings did not know Mr O’Connor was “going to get the battering he did”.
Counsel said her client had two children, one with Wall. She is now in a new relationship and recently lost a baby in the seventh month of her pregnancy.
Judge Nolan said Jennings “could have taken the view that she was not going to get involved in this robbery but she did get involved and is morally culpable for what happened to Mr O’Connor”.
He accepted that she was under the influence of Wall at the time before he imposed sentence.