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Thursday 19 October 2017

Pub-goer 'dragged woman by the hair' after row, court told

Laura Hilliard has not yet indicated how she will plead
Laura Hilliard has not yet indicated how she will plead

A pub-goer assaulted another woman by dragging her by the hair after an argument turned violent, a court heard.

Laura Hilliard (29) was allegedly left holding a large clump of the victim's hair following the assault.

A court heard Hilliard ref-used to let go of the injured party's hair and that the alleged assault was captured on CCTV cameras.

Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level.

He adjourned the matter to a date next month to allow Ms Hilliard to go through the evidence with her legal representatives.

The accused, of St Brigid's Park, Blanchardstown, app-eared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with seriously assaulting another woman.

The assault is alleged to have taken place at The Grey- hound pub on Main Street, Blanchardstown village, last August 21.

The court heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed summary trial of the case in the district court where the penalties on conviction are less serious than in the circuit court.

Dragged

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan said it will be alleged that there was an altercation between the victim and Ms Hilliard.

Sgt Callaghan said it will be alleged that Ms Hilliard then grabbed the victim and dragged her by the hair.

She also alleged that Ms Hilliard would not let go of the victim's hair.

The sergeant further claimed that Ms Hilliard pulled a large clump of hair from the victim's head.

Sgt Callaghan said there was no medical report before the court because the alleged victim did not suffer any other injuries and did not require medical attention.

The sergeant also said that the alleged assault was captured on CCTV cameras.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley requested a copy of any statements in relation to the allegation, as well as the CCTV footage.

Ms Hilliard has not yet indicated how she is pleading to the charge.

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