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Four year sentence Mother who stabbed man with scissors and later produced knife in attempted robbery is jailed

Claire Burke (31) originally from Co Kilkenny and with an address Seville Place, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm

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Claire Burke

Claire Burke

Claire Burke

A mother-of-two who stabbed a man in the arm with scissors and later produced a knife during an attempted robbery has been jailed for four years.

Claire Burke (31) who first approached a man and offered to sell him “grass”, then stabbed him in the wrist after he prevented her attempt to walk off after she received the money.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that while she was on bail for this offence, she entered a garage, produced a knife which she pointed at an employee and told them to give her all the money in the till.

Burke originally from Co Kilkenny and with an address Seville Place, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Temple Lane South, Dublin 2, on November 12, 2018.

She also pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and production of an article in the course of a dispute at Ninth Lock Road, Clondalkin, on June 27, 2020. She has 14 previous convictions, including convictions for theft and begging.

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Claire Burke pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice

Claire Burke pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice

Claire Burke pictured at the Criminal Courts of Justice

 

After hearing evidence of the more recent offence on Wednesday, Judge Melanie Greally said Burke had her chance and did not take it. She said Burke had committed a very seri