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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Woman charged over bottle attack in city centre street

Susan McCarthy (20), Keyes Park, Limerick arrives at a special sitting of Limerick District court on Sunday. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22.
Susan McCarthy (20), Keyes Park, Limerick arrives at a special sitting of Limerick District court on Sunday. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22.

A WOMAN has been charged with stabbing another woman with a broken bottle in a street attack in Limerick city.

Susan McCarthy (20), from Keyes Park, Southill, was brought before a special sitting of Limerick District Court yesterday charged with assault causing harm to Leanne Delaney, Shannon, Co Clare.

Ms Delaney (21) remains in a serious but stable condition in University Hospital Limerick following the incident, which occurred at around 3.30am on Saturday.

The court heard the accused (inset) was being charged in connection with an "extremely violent" attack on another woman who was stabbed with a broken bottle.

During a bail application by the accused, Garda Tim O'Connor said Ms Delaney suffered "extensive injuries" when she was stabbed a number of times with a broken glass bottle, including while she was lying prone on the ground.

Ms Delaney underwent emergency surgery for a punctured lung after she was brought to hospital by ambulance on Saturday morning.

Gda O'Connor said the nature of the attack was "extremely violent". He told the court that Susan McCarthy made no reply when charged with the offence.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy told the court Ms McCarthy is in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance, and the court granted her free legal aid.

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Judge Aeneus McCarthy said the serious nature of the crime was, on its own, not sufficient for refusing the bail application. However, he imposed a number of bail conditions on Ms McCarthy.

Garda O'Connor said Ms Delaney was caused very serious harm when she was assaulted with a glass bottle. She was also kicked while on the ground, the court heard.

Ms McCarthy was granted bail on her own bond of €500. The accused was remanded on bail to appear before the district court again for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions on December 10.

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