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Sunday 22 October 2017

Mum of five bit her neighbour over noisy row

A MOTHER of five bit her next-door neighbour after going to her house to complain about the noise shortly after Christmas, a court heard.

Deborah Kinsella (35) broke the woman's skin on her leg and drew blood.

Judge John Lindsay adjourned the matter to a date next February to allow Kinsella to save up some compensation for the victim.

The defendant, with an address at Elm Grove, Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to seriously assaulting a neighbour.

The incident, contrary to the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, occurred at around 1.30am on December 28, 2012.

Gda Brian O'Connor said that the injured party had been arguing with her partner when Kinsella, who was her next-door neighbour, came to the front door to complain about the noise.

The officer said there was a row at the door that involved Kinsella and the victim's partner.

When the victim tried to intervene and calm the situation, Kinsella bit her on the leg.

Gda O'Connor said that the victim did not go to hospital for treatment, and there was no medical report detailing her injuries.

recovery

The officer said the woman has since made a full recovery from the bite.

The court heard that Kinsella had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor John O'Leary claimed that the assault was on the lower end of the scale.

He said that Kinsella, a mother of five young children, had been in bed asleep and she was awoken by noise from her next door neighbours, who were arguing.

Mr O'Leary said Kinsella was sorry for her behaviour, and she realised she should not have behaved in such a manner.

The court also heard that there had been an ongoing dispute between the neighbours.

Mr O'Leary said there has been no further trouble between the parties.

He added that Kinsella still lives in the area, but the neighbours have since moved elsewhere.

Mr O'Leary said Kinsella was willing to pay €200 to the victim if she was given enough time to save the money.

Judge Lindsay said Kinsella had bitten the woman's leg and drawn blood.

He said he would strike out the matter if Kinsella pays €500 to the victim.

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