Bail denied to woman accused of city centre robbery

Bail denied to woman accused of city centre robbery
Emma Murphy (33) who appeared at Cork District court in connection with the mugging of a young woman on Tobin Street, Cork city centre.Pic Cork Courts Limited

A YOUNG woman covered in blood turned up at the Bridewell Garda Station in the early hours telling gardaí she had been attacked and robbed.

At Cork District Court today, a woman was remanded in custody on a robbery charge connected to the incident.

Garda Conor Cronin arrested Emma Murphy, aged 31, of 10 City Park House, Sullivan’s Quay, and brought her before the court on a charge of robbing a young woman of cigarettes at Tobin Street, in the early hours of Friday, July 19.

Inspector James Hallahan objected to bail being granted to the accused. Defence solicitor, Diane Hallahan, applied for Murphy to be released on bail. Judge Olann Kelleher refused bail and remanded her in custody until July 31.

Garda Cronin said it was alleged that Emma Murphy and a man were in the city centre at 2.55am on July 19 when they followed a young woman from Grand Parade to Tobin Street.

“It is alleged that while on Tobin Street the injured party was set upon by both of them and thrown to the ground. The male stood back and Emma Murphy allegedly attacked her for 90 seconds,” Garda Cronin said.

It was alleged that this was done in order to take property from the young woman.

The injured party presented at the Bridewell garda station covered in blood and was taken to hospital by ambulance. Garda Cronin said Emma Murphy was identified from CCTV.

Ms Hallahan, solicitor, said, “She made admissions in relation to cigarettes but not in relation to how they were obtained.”

Garda Cronin disputed this.

When Garda Cronin left the witness box, Ms Hallahan called Emma Murphy to give evidence. As the defendant passed the guard a comment was made. Judge Kelleher asked the guard what comment Emma Murphy had made. Garda Cronin said she said, “it is all lies.”

Murphy disputed saying that.

The defendant said she was upset over something that occurred the previous day and woke up in the early hours and went out to have a cigarette.

“I was asking the girl for a fag. The girl wouldn’t give me a fag. I am sorry, like. I woke up at 2am. I’m not a violent person at all. I am very sorry, your honour,” she said.

Emma Murphy said she would keep any bail conditions that might be imposed on her. Judge Kelleher refused bail and said it was a serious case.

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