A Law Student, what the Fuck, is Going on, among the So called Elite, Money up front, Probation Act, if Jennifer Patrick, was from, Dublin Inner City, or Limerick, Jennifer would be probably, in Jail tonight, Lets be Blunt.

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Teen who enlisted gang to tie up her ex-boyfriend and assault him ordered to pay €7,500 compensation

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An aspiring law student who enlisted a gang of youths to tie her former boyfriend up and violently assault him in a “hair-brained” plot has been ordered to pay him €7,500 compensation.

Jennifer Patrick (19), of Dún Darrach, Dublin Road, Longford, told a sitting of Longford Circuit Criminal Court she never believed her actions would go as far as they did following an incident at a house in Holly Green, Clonbalt Woods, Longford on August 20, 2020.

The violent incident left her former partner Paul Adetunji with injuries to his face and and knee.

Patrick, aged 17 at the time of the offence, was charged with burglary and making a false statement to gardaí. She entered a guilty plea to the burglary charge on July 25.

A nolle prosequi was entered by the State in connection to the latter charge.

The court was told Patrick had been forced to relocate to the UK due to the breakdown in relationship with her peers and the fact two of her brothers no longer speak to her as a result of the incident.

State prosecuting counsel, Shane Geraghty BL, said three co-accused teenagers currently before the courts had pleaded guilty to theft but not to aggravated burglary owing to their insistence no knife was produced during the offence.

Judge Keenan Johnson was told Patrick had contacted Mr Adejunji on the day in question under the “false pretense” of giving the victim €80.

Mr Geraghty said while Mr Adejunji was left confused by this request, he agreed.

It was revealed Patrick was upset over the recent ending of the pair’s relationship and when she arrived at the victim’s rented property, the accused intimated to Mr Adetunji that she had to go back outside to retrieve some lipstick and, in so doing, asked for the victim’s room key.

When she returned, the court heard Ms Patrick began kissing Mr Adejunji and moments later three unidentified males entered his bedroom.

Mr Adejunji told gardaí at the time how the trio attacked him and immediately shouted: “Where is the money?”

Despite his own attempts to fend off the gang, Mr Adetunji was forced onto a chair with his hands tied behind his back with black cable ties.

A sock was placed in the victim’s mouth to prevent him from shouting for help, the court heard.

Giving evidence, Detective Garda Orla Geraghty said Mr Adetunji told her during interview how he had been left suspicious by Patrick’s demeanour.

He added that while she “didn’t seem frightened”, one of the assailants called her by her first name.

Det-Gda Geraghty said Mr Adetunji felt he had been “set up” by Patrick.

“He (felt she was faking it,” she added.

“He said he was going to the garda station and she said: ‘Please don’t go’ as she would get in trouble.”

Mr Adetunji suffered cuts to his lip and an injury to his knee as a consequence of the ordeal, the court heard.

A voluntary cautioned witness statement was taken from Patrick in August 2020 during which the accused indicated she too had received a punch in the face from one of the men.

She also told gardaí she had been left distressed following the relationship and how she had been treated.

Det-Gda Geraghty said she admitted holding a conversation with one of the co-accused, telling him: “I just want him bet.”

It was revealed, however, that Patrick never made a complaint to gardaí about any “more sinister elements to the relationship”.

The court heard on the day of the incident, the three youths arrived in Longford Railway Station after travelling from Dublin.

Det-Garda Geraghty said she had been left satisfied as to Ms Patrick’s level of involvement in the incident.

“As far as I could see, it (the incident) was done purposely to make out she (Patrick) was a victim in all of this,” she said, adding that Patrick was cable-tied to the front while Mr Adejunji had his hands tied behind his back.

In defence, Dara Foynes SC said Patrick and Mr Adetunji had since “made peace”.

She added her client would suffer a high degree of “social opprobrium” with her name likely to be published and had endured significant hardship in attempting to further her own aspirations as a lawyer.

“She has effectively left Longford and lost all her friends over this,” Ms Foynes said.

“She had to cease her college studies because she needed to get Garda clearance to continue her studies.”

A letter of apology was also handed in, the contents of which Patrick read out in open court.

“To Paul, I am sorry for everything that took place,” she said.

“Robbery was never my intention.”

Under direct questioning from the judge, Patrick said it was the toxicity of her relationship with her former boyfriend which ultimately led to the incident.

“He hurt me a lot and I wanted to hurt him too,” she said.

“I have apologised to Paul and we have made peace with each other. I regret it so much. I wish I didn’t do what I done. I am just really sorry.”

The jusge described the entire planning of the incident from start to finish as “hair-brained” and “one of the most bizarre cases” he had ever come across as a circuit court judge.

He adjourned the case until October and ordered Patrick to return to court with €7,500.

In the event she adheres to those terms, he indicated he would apply Section 1(2) of the Probation Act.

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