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Released killer slashed man in random attack

A WOMAN who used a broken beer bottle to slash a stranger's neck in a case of mistaken identity has been given a four-year jail sentence.

Tanya Lambe (35) left her victim James Kelly with permanent scarring after slicing him across his neck in the unprovoked attack in April 2011.

Lambe was previously jailed in 2005 after pleading guilty to the 2003 manslaughter of Anthony Jordan (54).

During a drunken row she and another man beat Mr Jordan to death using a hockey stick and a mop handle. She received a 10-year sentence, later reduced to eight on appeal.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Lambe grew up in a deeply dysfunctional family and that her father was violent towards her mother and the children.

Lambe, of Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Kelly at Central Bank Plaza, Dublin on April 22, 2011.

Wound

Garda Amy Kelly told Karl Finnegan, prosecuting, that a witness saw Lambe throw a beer bottle on to the ground and then pick up part of it. Lambe then went over to a group of people and "sliced" the victim across his neck.

Garda Kelly said the victim then left the scene in a car. His medical records detailed that he was treated for a 7cm by 2cm "gaping" wound which would heal but leave a life-long scar.

The court heard that the only possible reason for the attack was that Lambe, who was drunk at the time, thought the man was another man who owed her money.

Lambe has 62 previous convictions, mainly for public order offences as well the manslaughter conviction.

Austin O Briain, defending, said that his client was aged 19 when she found her father's body after he had killed himself.

He said she suffers from an emotional disorder, self harms and has spent time in psychiatric hospitals, including the Central Mental Hospital.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a jail term of four years but suspended the last 18 months on the condition that she keep the peace and remain under the supervision of The Probation Service.

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