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Sunday 17 December 2017

Teen girl jailed for her role in killing

A YOUNG woman who was convicted of manslaughter has been jailed for one year after the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that her fully suspended sentence was unduly lenient.

Carol Craig (19), with addresses at St James's Drive, Tomhaggard, in Wexford, and Palmerstown Woods, Clondalkin in Dublin, had been given a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Sumbo O Woiya in August 2007.

She was 15 at the time of the incident in which Mr O Woiya was shot by a third party at his apartment in Dunboyne, Co Meath.

In the run-up to the incident, Ms Craig had told her then boyfriend of four months, Joseph Sullivan, of Ballyfermot Road, Dublin, that she had been raped at that address.

Mr Sullivan reacted "outrageously" to the allegations and made contact with a third party in Dublin in an attempt to sort the matter out himself.

On August 3, he drove Ms Craig and the third party to the address at Dunboyne.

Ms Craig became aware on the journey that the third party had a gun with him. The two men went to the door of the apartment and the third party fired blindly through the door, fatally wounding Mr O Woiya.

The trial judge at the time found that Ms Craig had gone to the address reluctantly and under pressure, while Mr Sullivan was responsible for drawing up the plan. He sentenced Sullivan to seven years and handed down a suspended sentence to Ms Craig.

The DPP, however, appealed against the leniency of the sentence and yesterday, at the Court of Criminal Appeal, the DPP argued that the trial judge had departed from the norm in the he sentence he gave, which he said was "unduly lenient".





Coping

He said Ms Craig had limited coping skills and did not have the ability to assert herself "to the extent of getting out of the events... she was dominated by these two people".

In her ruling, Ms Justice Fidelma Macken said the trial judge was correct to take into consideration personality factors such as her age and developmental abilities.

She said the appropriate sentence was three and a half years, but with the final two and a half years instead of the entirety suspended and sentenced Ms Craig to one year in jail.

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