TWO men who stabbed another man after he was lured to a flat near the city centre received lengthy prison sentences.
Last year, John Coleman, aged 33, and Clive Casey, aged 28, who both have addresses at Clare Street pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and false imprisonment relating to the incident, which happened at Clare Street in the early hours of March 23, last.
Previously, three women – Amanda Coleman, aged 28, of no fixed abode; Pamela Maher, aged 30, who has an address at Upper Gerald Griffin Street and Emer O’Connell, aged 31, who has an address at Lee Estate, also pleaded guilty to charges relating to the incident.
During a sentencing hearing in December, Limerick Circuit Court was told the injured party, who is aged in his late 30s, was lured to the flat by Ms Maher and Ms O’Connell who asked him for a lift after he left a nightclub in the city centre.
At the flat, he was tied up, stabbed and robbed by the five defendants.
John Coleman held a knife to his throat while Clive Casey, the court heard, stabbed him in the upper shoulder and neck area.
During his ordeal, the victim was told he would be castrated, have his throat slit, while one of the defendants said “I will f***ing kill you” if he didn’t hand over his money. John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said the whole ordeal was “very traumatic”.
Two phones and an ATM card were taken before the man managed to free himself and raise the alarm.
When arrested, the assailants were said to be heavily under the influence of “snow blow” or crystal meth, which they had all taken earlier that day.
Lawyers representing each of the defendants said their clients had cooperated with gardai, had pleaded guilty and were making efforts to deal with their drug addictions.
Imposing sentence, Judge Carroll Moran commented that John Coleman and Clive Casey had been the most culpable of the defendants.
He sentenced both men to four years imprisonment suspending the final year.
Amanda Coleman, Pamela Maher and Emer O’Connell reach received suspended prison sentences on condition they stay out of trouble and do not engage in further criminality.