One harmed bandit Woman who poured boiling water over man's face in casino blames incident on 'five glasses of Guinness' bender
Man had boiling water thrown over him as he played casino slot machine
A Filipino woman who escaped jail after admitting she poured boiling water over a man's face in a Dublin casino has blamed the incident on a 'five glasses of Guinness' bender.
Samantha Otto walked free, with a three year suspended sentence, after a court heard how her victim sustained burns to his face, neck, shoulders and chest in the 'completely unprovoked attack.'
The 58-year-old - also known as Rolando - carried out the attack following a period of harassment during which she sent the man text messages of a sexual nature and on one occasion followed him home.
Approached by the Sunday World outside her Dublin home on Thursday morning, Otto said she wished to apologise and explain her actions.
"I was drunk," she told the Sunday World.
"That morning I was in an argument and after that I went to a bar and drank five glasses of Guinness.
"Then I went to the casino and when I saw [the man] I went to speak with him.
"But he didn't want to talk to me and that's when I picked up the cup and threw it.
"I thought there was coffee in it.
"I didn't realise it was boiling water.
"After it happened I asked someone to call the gardai and the ambulance.
"When the gardai arrived I said 'here Mama, I'm the one who did it.'
"And when we got to the police station I was crying and crying because I wanted to speak to him [the man] but the gardai wouldn't let me.
"I'm not a bad person, I have been in Ireland 20 years and I have never been in trouble.
"I wanted him to be my boyfriend."
Otto, with an address at Rathmines in Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Empire Casino, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, on April 27, 2019.
Detective Garda Pauline Collier told Karl Finnegan BL, prosecuting, that the background to the assault was that the victim would sometimes attend the casino after work.
He met Otto there on one such occasion and gave her his phone number.
Detective Garda Collier said the victim began receiving text messages of a sexual nature from Otto which made him uncomfortable and he explained to her that he just wished to be friends.
Otto got angry with the man when he told her he would block her phone number if she continued.
Otto would "constantly" ask him to unblock her number when they subsequently met at the casino, the court heard.
On one occasion Otto asked the man if she could go home with him and then followed him on to his bus.
She later offered an apology for this incident, which the man accepted while also saying that her behaviour was unacceptable.
As time went on, Otto continued to ask him to unblock her on his phone.
On the date of the offence, the man attended the casino and told Otto he did not wish to speak to her.
Otto pushed the man and called him an "asshole", to which the man replied that he had had enough and called her a "crazy bitch".
Later, while the man was sitting at a slot machine, Otto approached him with a cup of boiling water and poured it over his face.
The court heard that the victim sustained burns to his face, neck, shoulders and chest.
He subsequently moved home as he no longer felt safe.
Detective Garda Collier agreed with Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, that the victim has fully recovered from his physical injuries.
Mr Le Vert said his client is originally from the Philippines and came to Ireland in 2011 to work in a salon.
He said Otto lost her voice for a year in 2014 and as a result became unemployed.
Counsel said she fell into serious financial difficulties and "found herself essentially working on the street".
He said a worker for a non-governmental organisation had staged an intervention for her and that she is now pursuing further education.
Judge Pauline Codd sentenced Otto to three years' imprisonment which she suspended in full on strict conditions.
Asked whether she had expected to go to jail, Otto told the Sunday World she had not.
"I was confident I wouldn't," she said.
"I don't ever commit a crime before. I really am sorry."