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Saturday 3 December 2016

Pub goer hit friend in the face with a pint of cider

Niamh Kelly pleaded guilty to the assault in a Celbridge pub
Niamh Kelly pleaded guilty to the assault in a Celbridge pub

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

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

Blanchardstown District Court heard Kelly was very embarrassed and apologetic about her behaviour.

Judge David McHugh accepted the assault was a "once-off".

The judge said he would strike out the matter if Kelly completed six hours of voluntary work, donated €100 to Blanchardstown Hospice and gave a letter of apology to the victim.

The defendant, of The Bungalows, St Patrick's Park inCelbridge, Co Kildare admitted seriously assaulting a woman.

Sergeant Mary Doherty 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.

Sgt Doherty said Ms Kelly hit the injured party with a "three quarters full pint of cider".

The pint glass hit the victim in the face, causing a swelling to her right eye.

The court heard Kelly had never been in trouble before.

Letter

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley handed a letter into court, which she said contained personal information and explained the defendant's behaviour.

She claimed there was "an element of provocation" to the assault.

Judge McHugh said the victim was not in court to defend herself.

Ms Buckley said Kelly was pleading guilty and accepting responsibility for her actions.

Judge McHugh said he accepted Kelly had suffered "trauma" and there had been a relationship break- down between herself and the victim.

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