Kings Cross brick bashing: attempted murder charge dropped against policewoman
Samantha Barlow ... hit with a house brick.
Prosecutors have dropped an attempted murder charge against a man who bashed a Sydney policewoman with a house brick before robbing her and leaving her with serious head injuries.
Samantha Barlow, 35, a sergeant at Kings Cross police station, was on her way to work on May 13 last year when she was attacked by Roderick Holohan.
He hit her with a house brick before stealing a number of items including her wallet, handbag, police badge and work shirt and trousers.
Sergeant Barlow, the mother of two young children, remained in hospital for several days in a critical condition. She is still recovering from serious head injuries.
Holohan, 39, of Sydney, pleaded guilty today to a charge of robbery while armed with an offensive weapon causing wounding/grievous bodily harm.
At the hearing in Sydney's Central Court, prosecutors withdrew the attempted murder charge.
Holohan's solicitor AJ Karim also entered a guilty plea to a charge of assault with intent to rob in relation to an incident at Darlinghurst the night before Sergeant Barlow was attacked.
In that attack, the victim was able to fight him off.
Holohan has been committed for sentence at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court on June 4.