A mother-of-two who acted as the getaway driver in two robberies and an attempted robbery has received a two-year suspended sentence.
Amanda Murphy (28) of Bride Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of acting to impede the apprehension or prosecution of someone knowing they were responsible for a robbery and an attempted robbery on October 8, 2011.
She has no previous convictions and her barrister Bernard Condon submitted to the court that she was vulnerable at the time due to a drug addiction.
The court heard that Murphy was found by gardai in the driver's seat of a Ford Focus car on October 8. There was a firearm on the back seat and the three occupants were arrested.
Murphy later told gardai that she had agreed to drive the getaway car after being asked by one of the men.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring said it had been her intention to impose a jail term, but she noted from a probation report that Murphy has since attended all appointments and was now on a methadone maintenance programme. The judge suspended a two-and-a-half year jail term on strict conditions, including probation supervision.