Woman who 'lured drunken man to dark street where accomplices attacked him' avoids jail
A woman who lured a drunken man to the dark part of a street where her accomplices attacked and robbed him has been spared jail.
Deborah Lee (38) coaxed the victim onto the back street in Dublin city centre and two men then grabbed him in a choke hold and held a syringe to his neck.
Lee of Balbutcher Lane, Ballymun, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbing Mark O’Brien at Great Strand Street, Dublin on June 9, 2014.
Judge James O’Donoghue imposed a sentence of six months and deemed that it was already served as Lee went into custody for this offence last year.
He said the sentence was on condition that she takes part in a residential drug treatment programme. The judge said she had acted as a consort to the other two men but that her role was minor and was not violent.
He said she set up the robbery but didn’t participate any further.
Garda PJ Gallagher told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that the three muggers were caught through CCTV footage of them cashing in victim’s winning betting slip.
Martina Baxter BL, defending, said that her client is a recovering drug addict who is now clean. She said the mother-of-three had trained in the army and had no other convictions at the time of this robbery.
Lee had no convictions at the time of the robbery but was on bail for some offences for which she has since been convicted. These include theft and trespass.
Counsel said Lee went off the rails in 2013 when her mother died.
The judge said she had a relatively unblemished character and had led an uneventful life until her mother’s death. He said that he believed she would turn a corner with the assistance of a drug treatment programme.