Monday 20 November 2017

Woman who tried to rob taxi driver after he spurned her sexual advances is jailed

Conor Gallagher and Declan Brennan

A MOTHER of three who robbed a taxi driver with a syringe after he spurned her sexual advances has been sentenced to five years with the final two suspended.

Mary Ward (30) offered sex to the driver and quoted him prices for various sexual acts.

When he didn’t express any interest she decided to rob him.

Ward of Nelson St., Dublin 7 pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery of Declan Byrne and threatening him with a syringe at Blackhall Place and attempted robbery of Sean McGarby at a Spar shop in Inchicore on August 27, 2011.

Detective Garda Barry Hayes told prosecuting counsel Noel Devitt BL that at 11.20 that morning Mr Byrne picked up a group of people including Ward in his taxi.

He dropped everyone off except Ward who asked to go on to St James Hospital.

After Mr Byrne ignored her offers to perform sexual acts for money Ward took out a blood filled syringe, told him she had AIDs and demanded money from him.

He told her he kept his money in the boot and as they both went to the back of the car he grabbed Ward by the wrist.

She got free and fled before getting into another taxi nearby.

Again she took out the syringe and demanded money.

The driver handed over €40 and she demanded his phone so she could make a call.

She then made him take her to an ATM in a shop so he could withdraw more cash.

In the shop she told him to withdraw €500. However he managed to run behind a door and close it behind him causing her to flee.

Gardai arrived and traced the last called number on the driver’s phone to a house in Rialto.

They arrived at the house and found Ward there with the syringe.

She made full admissions in interview and claimed she robbed the men because of her crack cocaine addiction.

She has 34 previous convictions including prostitution, drug possession and theft.

She has three children who live with her mother.

Ward also pleaded guilty to robbery at Arbour Place on November 11, 2011.

The court heard she was drinking on the street and accused another woman of working as a prostitute in the area.

Ward told the victim that this was her area and then punched the woman in the face and robbed her.

Ward was arrested and charged and bail was objected to but granted.

Three days later she carried out another robbery.

She pleaded guilty to robbery of John Coady at Arbour Hill, Dublin 7 on November 14, 2011.

Defence counsel Pieter Le Vert BL said Ward is remorseful and had entered an early guilty plea.

Judge Patrick McCartan imposed a sentence of five years but suspended the last two years on the condition that Ward go under the supervision of the Probation Services.

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