'Lying eyes' Sharon stays in jail as appeal fails
A MOTHER OF TWO jailed for soliciting a Las Vegas poker dealer to kill her partner and his two sons was back in Dochas Prison yesterday after the Court of Criminal Appeal refused all 23 grounds of appeal.
Sharon Collins (47) was jailed for six years in 2008 for soliciting to kill PJ Howard and his sons, Robert and Niall Howard. She is due for release in 2013.
Her co-accused -- Egyptian-born Las Vegas poker dealer Essam Eid -- was acquitted of conspiracy to kill.
Collins, of Kildysart Road, Ennis, Co Clare, was fighting her conviction on three charges of soliciting Eid.
She was found guilty of using the email alias 'Lying Eyes' to find Eid, a "hitman for hire", on the internet and setting up the killings for September 2006.
meanwhile, it has emerged that Essam Eid has now pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion in the US.
On October 6, Egyptian-born Eid (55) pleaded guilty to charges relating to conspiracy to extort money. Eid pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month and entered into a plea bargain.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 19. The maximum sentence he faces is five years.