Man denies shop was used to trade sex for drugs

A Nigerian man has denied his shop was used by a woman charged with attempting to rob him to trade sex for crack cocaine with two 'black-skinned' men.

A Nigerian man has denied his shop was used by a woman charged with attempting to rob him to trade sex for crack cocaine with two 'black-skinned' men.

He told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the woman threatened to stab him with a knife and attempted to rob him of money just outside his shop.

Caroline Lambe, aged 28, of Blackhall Street, has pleaded not guilty to attempted robbery and using a knife to intimidate the man on October 27, 2000 at the shop on Parnell Street, Dublin 1.

The show owner told prosecuting counsel, Mr Damien Colgan BL, that a man who came into his premises, around 8pm on that evening, took a woman's hair product from the shelves and put it into his pocket.

He asked him to return the product and to leave the shop. The man, however, demanded that he give him money.

He then saw Ms Lambe standing on the corridor outside the shop. She produced a knife, threatened to stab him, and also demanded money.

He was very frightened at this stage and went back into his shop where he closed the door with his foot and rang the gardaí.

Gardaí arrived shortly after, and he pointed out the man and Ms Lambe on Hill Street and identified them as his attackers to gardaí.

He denied, in cross-examination by defence counsel, Mr Luigi Rea BL, that on the previous night, Ms Lambe and an English woman had sex with two black men at the back of the shop, for which they received 'crack cocaine'.

Pressed by Mr Rea, the witness laughed at the suggestion, saying the shop was an open place and it was improbable that people could have sex in the back of an open shop.

He agreed with Mr Rea that Lambe's partner in the alleged attack was a man with 'white skin'.

He disagreed with Mr Rea, however, that it would be 'very unusual' for such a man and a woman to go into what counsel described as "shop of your type because they would be experiencing a certain nervousness about it".

He said his shop was frequented by many local people who did not seem to be nervous about using the shop and its services.

Garda Joanne O'Sullivan said she was on patrol duty around Parnell Street area and when she arrived at the scene she met "two coloured gentlemen" who pointed out a man and Ms Lambe near Hill Street.

Garda O'Sullivan said they were both out of breath when she caught up with them. She searched both of them for the knife, but did not find it on them.

She then searched Hill Street and found a knife thrown away onto the side of the street and arrested Ms Lambe shortly afterwards.

Garda O'Sullivan showed the jury a kitchen knife with a black handle and a long blade.

The hearing continues before Judge Katherine Delahunt and a jury of three women and nine men.

More in this section

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day.

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day.