Monday 18 December 2017

Mother-of-three to be sentenced over role in knife and Taser attack

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A woman will be sentenced next month for her part in a knife and Taser attack on a man that forced him to cancel his wedding.

Sarah Lawlor (26), of St Ter-esa's Gardens, Donore Avenue, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to causing serious harm to Iuliun Molcalaut on the South Circular Road on July 19, 2015.

Lawlor became involved in a row after she decided two men had made "vulgar comments" in her direction.

Gda John Altendorf accepted that Lawlor did not stab anyone during the incident, but said she got knives from a flat.

Fiona Murphy, prosecuting, said Mr Molcalaut lost a great deal of blood and could have died were it not for the immediate medical attention he received.

Gda Altendorf said Mr Molcalaut's liver was also punctured.

The victim and another man had walked past Lawlor who was in a garden with her grandfather on the South Circular Road.

Mr Molcalaut was walking back to his home with a friend after visiting a nearby shop. The two men exchanged words with Lawlor as they passed .

They were followed by Lawlor and two others. Gda Altendorf said it was his view that Lawlor and the others initiated the aggression.

Mr Molcalaut was attacked with a Taser and a bottle and stabbed, as was the man he was with.


Mr Molcalaut's brother, Razvan, who rushed out to help him, suffered lacerations to his hand when he grabbed a knife to avoid being stabbed.

When Lawlor was arrested an hour after the attack, she asked: "Was this about the fight?"

Lawlor admitted she got knives from the flat after she was asked to get them.

Gda Altendorf said Lawlor was the only one of the three who took responsibility for her involvement in the attack.

Mary Rose Gearty, defending, said Lawlor's mother was a heroin addict and she was raised by her grandparents after her mother's house was set on fire when she was young.

Lawlor has no previous convictions.

She has three children, all of whom are in the custody of their fathers.

Judge Elma Sheahan remanded Lawlor on bail until sentencing on July 3.

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