Thursday 17 October 2019

Women involved in 'nasty business' given suspended prison sentences

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.

TWO Wexford town women were each handed two-year suspended prison sentences arising out of what Judge Barry Hickson described as 'nasty business'.

Both Danielle Carthy, of 13 Elm Park, Coolcotts, Wexford, and Jade Lawlor, of 7 Brendan Corish Park, Wexford, had pleaded guilty at a previous sitting of Wexford Circuit Criminal Court to separate charges of assaulting Emma Carley and Linda O'Hanlon at Monck Street, Wexford, on March 9, 2012.

Defence Counsel Grainne Fahy, for Lawlor, said the court had previously directed payment of compensation. At the time of the offence the defendant was 17 years of age and had entered a guilty plea. Since this incident she had not come to the attention of gardai while she had also remained alcohol free.

During that period, Ms Fahy said, she had paid compensation while also giving birth to a baby. It was said at the previous hearing that if she paid the full amount a suspended sentence would be given. She has paid the €1500, as directed by the court.

Judge Hickson told the defendant she had been engaged in a 'nasty business'.

'You deserve to go to jail but the court is dealing with you leniently. It was a nasty business you were engaged in,' said Judge Hickson.

Defence Counsel, Niamh O'Leary, for Carthy, said that at the previous sitting of the court compensation had not been paid. The court, she said, had reduced the amount to €1000 but previously only paid €350. She had a further €50 in court last week.

She also said that Ms Carthy and her son had been living with her mother, brother and sister, adding, that her situation was untenable in her home, with the result she has taken up her own private accommodation.

In relation to Lawlor, Judge Hickson said he would impose a two-year prison sentence, suspending the sentence for four years on the defendant entering a bond of €100 to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for that period.

In the case of Carthy, Judge Hickson said he was sorry to hear she has had difficulties with her child. In the circumstances he would deal with the case by giving her a two-year prison sentence, suspended for four years, on the defendant entering a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for a period of four years.

Wexford People