Former prostitute jailed for year for robbing €100

A former prostitute who robbed €100 from a man after agreeing to provide him with sexual services has been jailed for a year by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Lisa Healy (aged 24), formerly of Esker Drive, Lucan and now at an address in Finglas, was convicted by a jury in February this year of robbing the potential client at Richmond Hill, Rathmines on December 11, 2002.

The jury convicted her on February 4, 2005 following a two day trial before Judge Michael White.

Judge White adjourned the sentence hearing on May 27, 2005 to Tuesday to allow Healy to obtain medical treatment at St James’ Hospital.

Her counsel, Mr Shane Costelloe BL, told Judge White that Healy suffers from Hepatitis C, is HIV positive and has "life threatening" blood clots.

Detective Garda Tom Gormley told Ms Caroline Biggs BL, prosecuting, the injured party met Healy on his way home from work as a security guard at "Tesco Ireland" on Baggott Street on the day in question.

They fell into conversation during which she said she worked in an office but needed to work as a prostitute as her pay was not good.

He agreed to pay her for sex and accompanied her to a 'Spar' shop on Rathmines Road to buy condoms. Gardaí were later able to identify her from security footage from the shop.

The complainant set off with Healy to an apartment. While on route to it he was violently assaulted by another, unknown, person. He handed over €100 cash to Healy who ran away.

Judge White heard that while the victim was initially shocked and traumatised, the publicity surrounding the trial had caused his family difficulty and he now wishes to put the incident behind him and get on with his life.

Healy has a number of previous convictions in the District Court for road traffic offences and is a chronic drug addict.

Healy started crying loudly as Judge White announced the sentence. He back-dated the sentence to July 1, 2005 when she was taken into custody.

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