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Bottle hurled at partner hit woman's car

A YOUNG mother who threw a bottle through a car windscreen told a court that she had been aiming it at the father of her child.

Elena McSweeney (21) had been having an argument with her boyfriend on a street in south Dublin when she threw the bottle at him, missed and hit a woman's car.

She had the case against her adjourned when she admitted a charge of criminal damage in the incident.


McSweeney, with an address at Broadford Rise, Ballinteer, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the car at Convent Road, Dun Laoghaire, on July 3. Judge Clare Leonard adjourned the case for the preparation of a probation report and said she would consider leaving the accused without a conviction.

Sgt Peadar McCann told Dun Laoghaire District Court the defendant was having an argument with her boyfriend on George's Street Upper at 10.25pm.

"In the course of this she threw a glass bottle at her male companion," he said.

"The glass bottle struck and broke the windscreen of the car."

The court heard the damage cost €317 to repair and this was paid by the victim's insurance.

"Throwing bottles at anybody is a very serious matter," Judge Leonard told McSweeney.

She asked the accused why she had done it.

"Because I had a fight with my boyfriend and it was meant to hit him, not the car," she replied.

The judge said people fought with their boyfriends all the time and asked why the accused was fighting in such a violent way.


"I was a bit drunk," McSweeney replied.

The judge adjourned the case to October 19 to give the accused time to get the money to compensate the car owner.

The court heard the defendant lived with her parents and two-year-old child.