TWO young women who lured a middle-aged man from a chip shop in Bantry to a nearby bedroom on the promise of ‘a threesome’ then took off his pants and beat and robbed him.
The court heard the man had declined the women’s offer of the ‘threesome’ but they had persisted.
One of the women involved in this and a second similar incident on the same night, also in Bantry, was jailed for three years last week and the last 18 months of the sentence was suspended.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin, sitting in Cork, described the nature of both attacks as gross and continuous.
He imposed the sentence on Mary Williamson, 23, who now lives in Kildare, but lived at Slip Heights and George’s Row in Bantry at the time of the crimes – five years ago. Sentencing had been adjourned but Williamson jumped bail and was only recently arrested by warrant in Kildare and brought before Cork Circuit Criminal Court last week.
Garda Eoin Concannon said on that occasion that Williamson and another woman lured the man, who was in his mid-fifties, to a house on Lower Market Street in Bantry, in the early hours of September 5th 2010.
‘He was lured back to the house by the two girls. They brought him upstairs,’ the Gda added. ‘They offered him a threesome. He declined but they persisted and got his pants down a small bit. €920 was then taken out of his pocket.
‘He tried to get the money back,’ the Gda explained. ‘They got aggressive. They said they had [male relatives] in the house and they would get them to beat him up if he did not leave.’ A short time earlier, a man in his twenties was found in a distressed state in the town. He told gardai he had been robbed of €40 and a mobile phone and had been slashed in the arm with a knife.
Garda Concannon said: ‘He said he met them earlier and they invited him from a bar back to the house. They invited him up to a bedroom upstairs. Then both women punched him and kicked him. One of the women came upstairs with a knife. He decided to escape from the house, but he was stabbed in the arm with the knife.’
Williamson and another woman were later found arguing in Bantry. They were arrested and all of the stolen cash and the phone were recovered and returned to the owners.
Williamson pleaded guilty to robbing the younger man and demanding money with menaces from the older man.
It was accepted by the prosecution that the defendant was herself a vulnerable young woman who had various addiction problems, including at one time a heroin addiction. A second woman was previously sentenced for her part in the crimes.