A MOTHER of three young children who took part in the robbery of a student at a Luas stop has been jailed for four years.
Edel Losty (31) held the young woman's arm at the Busaraus Luas stop while a teenage accomplice raised her fist and demanded the victim's purse. The pair were arrested nearby when the woman identified them to gardai.
Losty, of South Circular Road, pleaded guilty before Judge Patrick MacCartan in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery in the early hours of October 31, 2006.
Eoin Hardiman, defending, said Losty had left a drug rehabilitation programme to attempt to deal with her addiction problems herself, but had relapsed and was now waiting to be reassessed for treatment.
"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Losty told Judge McCartan, "I would like to apologise, I would not like it done to my sisters and daughters. I am asking for a chance to remain drug-free."
Judge McCartan told her: "Unless you are off the streets you will do untold damage to yourself. At the age of 31 years old you cannot last long, you cannot control your drug addiction."
Judge McCartan said Losty, who has five previous convictions for theft, was a "persistent offender" and she had "terrorised a young woman on her way home after a night out".
He imposed a four-year sentence but suspended the final year on strict conditions.
Garda Seamus Fogarty told Anne Rowland, prosecuting, that the woman's purse was recovered with €20 missing and €20 was found on Losty when she was searched by gardai.
Losty told gardai her accomplice had taken the initiative but she had gone along with it.
Mr Hardiman said Losty's three children were being cared for by a relative, and her partner had died around the time of this offence.