Tuesday, August 02, 2022




Portlaoise District Court

A ONE-LEGGED woman who offered sex in return for €40 “dragged” a man down a laneway in Portlaoise, where another man assaulted him and took the €40 from his pocket.

So Portlaoise District Court heard when the defendant pleaded guilty to robbery on 24 October at Coliseum (Bull) Lane, Portlaoise.

The court was told that at 6pm on the day in question, the defendant met a man and offered him sex in return for €40. She then “dragged” the man down the lane and told him they would have sex. However, another man came along and took €40 from his pocket.

The court was told that the defendant had 160 previous convictions for theft, burglary, assault and public order offences.

Defending barrister Áine Rushe said that her client had “spent a lot of her time in and out of refuge centres. She had lost a leg and was using drugs to lessen the pain. While she might have been complicit in the offence, she was not the main instigator. She is currently in prison and is due for release in November.

The defendant interjected at this stage and told Judge Andrew Cody: “I got another two years yesterday, with six months of it suspended.”

Judge Cody convicted the defendant of the offence and sentenced her to two months in prison.


*The name of defendants who appear in Portlaoise District Court cases are not printed on our social media sites but will be printed in the Laois Nationalist newspaper available in your local shops from today Tuesday or in our online edition here.


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