Mum pulled cabbie's hair during robbery
A MOTHER-of-five pulled back a female taxi driver's hair while an accomplice robbed her, a court has heard.
Danielle Kane (31) was a back-seat passenger in the taxi when she pulled back the cabbie's hair, allowing a man in the front seat to take €150.
Judge Anthony Halpin gave her a nine-month suspended sentence at Dublin District Court.
Kane pleaded guilty to robbing the driver at Haroldville Avenue, Rialto on Dublin's southside.
The court heard the cabbie had picked up three female passengers and a man at James's Street at 5am. The passengers asked to be driven to Rialto.
When the cab stopped, the accused reached in from the back of the car and pulled back the driver's hair. The man in the front passenger seat then stole €150 in cash and fled, a garda sergeant said.
The man got away, but the three women were hampered in escaping because one of them was on crutches. The court heard the taxi driver called 999 after the December 12, 2013 incident.
Kane had previous convictions, but none for robbery, the court heard. This was a "bitter departure" for her and was something to do with the company she was keeping at the time, her solicitor Edward Bradbury said.
Kane had suffered from a serious drug addiction over many years and had fallen back into this in 2013. She was now in prison for another offence and was doing a hairdressing course. She was scheduled to be released next April. Judge Halpin suspended the nine-month sentence for two years.
Kane, of no fixed address, also admitted possession of heroin at O'Connell Street on February 3, 2015. She pleaded guilty to having a screwdriver and heroin on her after she was stopped at Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre on March 18.
She said the screwdriver was for her own protection.
Judge Halpin imposed fines totalling €800 on those charges.