Thursday 20 October 2016

Six Aras Attracta staff charged with assault at facility


Aras Attracta
Aras Attracta

SIX care workers at the Aras Attracta care home in Co Mayo have been charged with assault at the facility.

The six, five women and one man, appeared before Swinford District Court sitting in Ballina.

One of the accused, Joan Gill (62), of Dublin Road, Swinford, is facing five separate charges of assault.

The remaining five accused were each charged with one count of assault.

They are Pat McLoughlin (56), of Lalibela, Mayfield, Claremorris; Christina Delaney (35), of Seefinn, Lissatava, Hollymount; Anna Ywunong Botsimbo (34), of Low Park Avenue, Charlestown; Kathleen King (56), of Knockshanvally Straide, Foxford, all Co Mayo; and Joan Walsh (42), of Carrowilkeen, Curry, Co Sligo.


The charges relate to alleged assaults at Bungalow Three, Aras Attracta, Swinford, Co Mayo, which it is claimed took place on dates last November.

Judge Mary Devins heard that Ms Gill is charged with two assaults at the residence last November 6.

She is also facing charges relating to an alleged assault on November 8, 14 and 17 respectively.

Mr McLoughlin and Ms Botsimbo are charged with one assault each at the residence last November 14.

Christina Delaney, Joan Walsh and Kathleen King allegedly carried out an assault each at the facility last November 15.

All six accused attended yesterday's hearing in the small courtroom, rising briefly as their cases were called in turn.

The court heard the cases would involve extensive amounts of material including statements, CCTV and video.

Counsel for each of the accused requested full disclosure of statements and footage.

Judge Devins put all six cases back for mention to a date in July at Swinford District Court and to fix a date thereafter.

Counsel for Ms Gill asked Judge Devins if his client needed to be in court for the next mention. He was told she does.

Counsel for five of the accused requested that applications for legal aid be deferred to a later date.

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