Retired soldier cut with knife and robbed after being lured to Limerick laneway

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The incident happened at Hunt’s Lane, off Dominick Street

The incident happened at Hunt’s Lane, off Dominick Street

A RETIRED soldier was attacked and robbed at a laneway in Limerick city centre ​after he was lured there by a woman who phoned him while he was socialising, a court has heard.

Details of the incident, which happened a year ago, emerged during the sentencing hearing of a couple who have admitted targeting the vulnerable pensioner.

Fintan Lynch, 39, and Christine O’Grady, 30, both of Parnell Place, Limerick, have each pleaded guilty to a robbery charge relating to an incident which happened at Hunt’s Lane, off Dominick Street, on February 22, 2018.

Detective Garda Shane Ryan said the then 75-year-old victim was attending a function at a city hotel when he went outside having received a phone call from O’Grady.

He said both walked to the laneway where Lynch then attacked the victim from behind – knocking him to the ground.

A knife was held to his neck and he sustained a cut under his left arm when he was struck with the knife.

Det Garda Ryan told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, the culprits took the victim’s wallet which contained around €200.

Extensive CCTV was obtained and the movements of the culprits tracked around the time of the incident.

The mobile phone used to phone the pensioner was also recovered at O’Grady’s home.

In a victim impact statement, the victim’s daughter said he became “withdrawn and very quiet” following the incident and stopped going out.

“It took a lot out of him, he was just not himself,” she said.

Barristers representing each of the defendants said their clients wished to apologise for their actions on the night.

Both, Limerick Circuit Court was told, have previous convictions and suffer from addiction issues.

Jack Nicholas BL said Lynch is now taking a different approach in life and is making efforts to address his addiction issues. Eimear Carey BL said O’Grady – a mother of two – is doing well in prison and is now “drug free and looking well”.

Judge O’Donnell said the matter was “a very serious case in my view” and he adjourned sentencing to June.