A WOMAN wept as she was jailed for her part in the mugging of a student walking home from Cork city who managed to run away but was covered in blood from her wounds.
A sentence of three years with half of it suspended was imposed on Emma Murphy, 31, at Cork Circuit Criminal Court today.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin spoke of the impact on the student who was working in a part-time job that evening, then went out for a while and was walking home from the city centre when she was attacked.
“The victim was a student and as she said in her victim impact statement she finishes up on the ground on Tobin Street and at the Mercy University Hospital covered in blood.
“She is now afraid to go out and be in public in the dark.
“Where once she was open-minded and trustful now she is cynical and hyper-vigilant.
“The attack had a profound effect on her but she does not over-egg the situation.
“At 3am she is innocently walking down a city street and she is followed by two people.
"The attack was vicious and all for nothing – she may have had cigarettes on her. This was senseless violence visited on an innocent person legitimately abroad in the city,” the judge said.
As for 31-year-old Emma Murphy of 10 City Park House, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork, who pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the woman and robbery of cigarettes from her woman on Tobin Street on July 19, 2019, the judge said it was not as if she had not been given a chance before.
Judge Ó Donnabháin referred to two different two-year suspended sentences given to Emma Murphy in the past.
Garda Conor Cronin said Murphy was originally from The Glen area of Cork and she said she had been clean of drugs for eleven years.
Paula McCarthy, defence barrister, “As soon as she was arrested she said she did not need a solicitor because she was admitting this and expressed remorse for her actions immediately.”
Ms McCarthy said Murphy had been rehabilitating and engaging with a drug counsellor.
She added, “The relationship with her co-accused was toxic, it has ended and she now has a protection order against him. She is remorseful she wants me con convey that.”