Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Fermanagh women deny honey-trap attack plot

Court hears pair had robbed man who ended up in nude

Accused: Mark Galbraith pleaded guilty to assault

Two young women have denied a honey-trap style attack on a lonely middle-aged man — but confessed to stealing from him after he ended up in the nude.

Scheree McElroy, 30, and Lisa Galbraith, 28, from Fermanagh admitted stealing £200 from the victim who they met through an Internet dating site.

But charges of indecent assault against them were withdrawn.

The victim alleged he had to flee McElroy’s house naked through a window after his drink was spiked and he was forced to strip by a male associate of the pair.

But the women claimed the man took his own clothes off and they threw him out of the house.

Fermanagh District Judge Mervyn King described the case as “bizarre” and said it “was not for him to speculate as to what did or did not happen that night”.

The women and two men — McElroy’s husband Mark Galbraith, 22, from Enniskillen and Stephen Lindsay, 40, from Tirowen Crescent, Lisburn — had been accused of indecent assault.

However, those charges were withdrawn before the case opened at Fermanagh Court last week.

The two women admitted single charges of stealing £200 from the man while Mark Galbraith pleaded guilty to common assault. Charges against Lindsay were withdrawn.

Fermanagh Magistrates Court was told last week that after two dates at an Enniskillen hotel, the man — who can’t be named for legal reasons — agreed to meet the two women at McElroy’s house.

Judge King heard he was a lonely middle-aged man from Londonderry who had split with his wife after a long marriage and wanted female company.

On the first meetings, mum-of-three McElroy and Galbraith gave their victim the false names Dympna and Sarah.

A man also met the victim on one of the dates and bizarrely introduced himself as ‘Uncle Albert.’

On November 30, 2007, the lonely heart picked the women up in Enniskillen and they went to McElroy’s house in Main Street, Ballinamallard.

A prosecution lawyer said the man believed his drink had been spiked and that he was then attacked in the home by McElroy’s 22-year-old husband, Mark Galbraith.

The victim claimed he was stripped of his clothes and had to escape by clambering through a small front window.

But he allegedly banged his head, and stumbled to a nearby house where he collapsed naked and was taken to hospital.

The prosecutor said that when he went back to the house the next day to see if his car was there, he found that £200 and his mobile phone were missing.

A defence lawyer said the man had stripped voluntarily, and there was a “misunderstanding” when Mark Galbraith saw him in the house.

McElroy and Lisa Galbraith, who is from Kilmacormick Drive in Enniskillen, were each fined £250 for theft.

Mark Galbraith, from Drumbawn Close, Drumclay, pleaded guilty to common assault and was also ordered to pay £250.

atinney@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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