Mum attacked a grandmother and threw her to the ground
A MOTHER-of-two attacked a grandmother and threw her to the ground over an allegation that the older woman had taunted her son who has autism.
Sonya Byrne (39) accused the pensioner of verbally abusing her young boy before assaulting her in her front garden.
The victim, Mary May, strongly denied insulting the child before the attack.
Judge Ann Ryan found Byrne guilty and fined her €250 at Dublin District Court.
Byrne, of Claddagh Road, Ballyfermot, had denied the assault at Elmdale Crescent, Ballyfermot on April 24, 2013.
Byrne had been the girlfriend of Ms May's daughter's ex-husband, Darren.
Ms May said she was cleaning her car and taking delivery of mail from a postman when Byrne approached.
"She started abusing me and then she hit me and said I was jeering her children," she said.
Ms May was thrown to the ground and bruised, and her glasses were knocked off and chipped.
Her daughter Ciara came out of the house and got into a "scuffle" with Byrne.
Ms May said Ms Byrne went out onto a field and called them to "come over and fight".
Ms May denied making a derogatory remark to Byrne's son, who has autism, as he played with her grandchildren days before the incident.
The accused alleged that Ms May called her son a "little c**t" while he was out playing previously.
She accepted that she had been upset and was "very protective" of her son, but claimed she only wanted a "woman to woman conversation" and Ms May put her hand up to grab her.
"I could see her nails coming at me and I defended myself," she said.
She alleged Ciara May then came out and attacked her. She said she wasn't aggressive and left after she "fought the two of them off".