A LIMERICK man who kidnapped, threatened and robbed a woman at Colbert Station earlier this year will be sentenced later this week.
At Limerick Circuit Court, James Kelly, 22, of Maple Court, Kennedy Park pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning Caroline Moran at Colbert Station on May 4, last.
Kelly, who is a chronic heroin addict, also pleaded guilty to hijacking her vehicle and to robbing more than €500 from her.
The court was told Kelly, who was armed with a knife, approached the victim as she returned to her car after travelling from Dublin to Limerick.
He forced himself into the car beside her and after taking €40 from her purse he held the knife to her throat and ordered her to drive to an ATM at the Roxboro Shopping Centre where he forced her to withdraw €500 from her account.
In her victim impact statement, Ms Moran said she has undergone counselling and is on medication due to the “shock and trauma” she experienced.
She said she could not work for several weeks after the incident and she told the court she has lost her self-confidence as a result of what happened.
The defendant, who has a string of previous convictions, will be sentenced on Thursday.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 24, 2011