Woman 'addicted to snow blow' attacked Luas passenger in robbery ploy

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A woman who had previously pursued a career in nursing punched and kicked a Luas passenger in an attempt to rob her mobile phone.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Linda Wall (37) was hopelessly addicted to "snow blow" at the time and had been directed to get the phone by her drug dealer, who stood nearby, in order to pay part of the debt.

Wall of Mount Brown, Old Kilmainham, Dublin pleaded guilty to attempted robbery at Museum Luas Stop on June 15, 2015. She has 16 previous convictions.

Judge Melanie Greally said there was a positive probation report before the court but that the situation was quite finely balanced and Wall had not entirely got to grips with her addiction.

She noted the positive steps Wall had taken recently and adjourned the case until October in order to see if she makes further positive progress.

Judge Greally told Wall: "It's up to you to keep going in the direction you are going."

Garda Denise Bowes told Seamus Clarke BL, prosecuting, that a Chinese woman was talking on her mobile phone at the Luas stop when Wall tried to grab it out of her hand. The victim said Wall kicked and punched her as well as pulling her hair before she was pulled off her by another woman.

The victim alerted nearby gardai and Wall ran off. The woman was crying and shaking. She said she had been terrified by the assault. She suffered some swelling to her head but did not need to go to hospital.

Wall was arrested and gave her sister's name before being taken for interview. She admitted she had been involved in the incident. She said her dealer had asked her to do it and said he would knock some money off her debt if she got the phone.

Wall denied punching the victim and told gardai it was not her intention to injure the woman.

Marie Torrens BL, defending, said Wall, a mother of two, had a good standard of education and had been pursing a career in nursing but that came to an end due to her drug addiction. Her daughter died tragically last year following a seizure.

Ms Torrens said said Wall had been keeping out of trouble and addressing her issues. She said she was aware what drugs had done to her and the heartache she has caused to others. She said Wall hopes to go back to pursuing her nursing career.

"The recent improvements in this woman have been amazing," said Ms Torrens.