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Woman robbed two men after luring them home for threesome

CourtsBy Ralph Riegel
Mary Williamson
Mary Williamson

A woman who took part in a 'honey-trap' scam, where two men were robbed after being lured to a flat with the offer of sex in a threesome, has been jailed for 18 months.

Mary Williamson (25) was sent to prison after pleading guilty to robbing one man and demanding money with menaces from another in separate incidents in Bantry, Co Cork, on September 5, 2010.

The men, aged 26 and 55, were separately approached and lured back to a flat in the west Cork town with the offer of "a threesome" with the defendant and another young woman.

Williamson and the other woman then threatened the two men and demanded cash. One was threatened with a knife.

The two incidents occurred within one hour of each other from 1.30am.

The 26-year old was lured back to the flat and had €40 in cash and a mobile phone taken from him before he was thrown out of the property. He contacted gardai and reported what had happened.

One hour later, Garda Eoin Concannon said he was on patrol near Market Street in Bantry when an altercation was spotted outside a flats complex.

When gardai intervened, the 55-year-old man said he had been lured to a property after meeting two women in a local pub. The two women asked him if he wanted a threesome.

He declined but the two women - one of whom was Williamson - attempted to strip him.

They took €920 from him before threatening him and throwing him out of the house.

Judge Sean O'Donnabhain was told that Williamson comes from a difficult background and has serious alcohol and drug addiction problems.

She originally had an address in Bantry town centre but in recent times has been living in Naas, Co Kildare.

The judge said it was "very disappointing" that her addiction issues still seem to be a significant problem despite repeated efforts to help her by State support agencies.

The case had been repeatedly adjourned over recent years to allow her to address her addiction issues.

He warned that Williamson and the other young woman were "preying on older men" and that the details were "fairly gross".

He noted that Williamson had pleaded guilty and co-operated fully with gardai.

Defence counsel stressed that she was a very vulnerable person who had been drinking since she was just 13 years old. She also has serious drug addiction problems.

The judge imposed a three-year prison sentence on Williamson but agreed to suspend the final 18 months.

He dated the sentence from October 25 and ruled that, when released, she must attend a treatment centre as directed by the Probation and Welfare Service.