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Sunday 20 August 2017

Mum-of-five told stabbed pal 'be quiet'

victim: Fight at New Year's party

A MUM-of-five whose friend had been stabbed at a drunken New Year's Eve party picked up the knife after it had been dropped and threatened the injured woman "to be quiet", a court heard.

Tara Dalton (34) made the threat after her friend had already been stabbed by another woman during a fight.

The victim, who was the host of the party, had been stabbed twice in the stomach by this woman and was found by a neighbour, but was not seriously injured.

Dalton, with an address at Leighlinn Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to producing a knife in the course of a fight at Charlemont Gardens, Dublin 2.

The offence is under the Firearms Act.

Judge Cormac Dunne adjourned the case for the production of a probation report.

A garda sergeant told the court the incident happened at midnight on December 31, 2009.

A house party was taking place at Charlemont Gardens attended by three women, including the accused.

During the course of the evening, a "large amount of alcohol was consumed" and a fight broke out in the flat at around midnight.



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The victim, who was the owner of the flat, was assaulted and stabbed twice in the stomach by a co-accused.

After the assault took place, Dalton picked up the knife that had been used in the stabbing and threatened the injured party to be quiet.

The victim was found by a neighbour, but did not have serious injuries.

Dalton was co-operative with the gardai and "extremely apologetic".

The court heard Dalton was a friend of the victim (46) and the injuries were "minor in nature".

Dalton had 11 previous convictions, but none of them pre-dated this offence.

Her most recent previous conviction was in 2011, for the unlawful supply of drugs into a prison.

She also had previous convictions for failing to appear in court and theft.

The accused had five children and two of them had been born since the incident, her solicitor Michael Hanahoe said.

She was on a probation bond and the Probation Service had been supportive for her, he said.

A report was available to the court.

Judge Cormac Dunne adjourned the case to January 22, for the production of an updated probation report before sentencing.

aphelan@herald.ie

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