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Sunday 11 December 2016

Woman hit colleague in face with a pint of cider

Gardai said the defendant and the victim both worked in a local supermarket. (Stock picture).
Gardai said the defendant and the victim both worked in a local supermarket. (Stock picture).

A young woman who threw a "three-quarters-full pint of cider" in a colleague's face during a pub assault has avoided a conviction.

Niamh Kelly (24) left her work colleague with a black eye after the attack, which was caught on CCTV.

Judge David McHugh accepted the assault was a "once-off". He struck out the charge and left Kelly without a conviction, after she completed a number of hours of voluntary work.

Record

In striking out the charge and leaving Kelly with a clean record, Judge McHugh said she had fulfilled the requirements of the restorative justice programme.

Kelly, of The Bungalows, St Patrick's Park in Celbridge, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to seriously assaulting a woman.

Sergeant Mary Doherty previously said the defendant and the victim both worked in a local supermarket and were out socialising in the Castletown Inn, Main Street in Celbridge on August 27, 2015.

Sgt Doherty said Ms Kelly hit the victim in the face with a "three-quarters-full pint of cider", causing a swelling to her right eye.

The court heard Kelly had never been in trouble before. Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said Kelly had accepted responsibility for her actions.

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