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Carer allegedly 'bit teen' with mental age of three or four

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Jaiyeola Odubanjo has not indicated how she intends to plead to the charge against her

Jaiyeola Odubanjo has not indicated how she intends to plead to the charge against her

Jaiyeola Odubanjo has not indicated how she intends to plead to the charge against her

A care worker has been accused of biting a special needs teenager on the shoulder during a struggle at a home for people with disabilities.

Jaiyeola Odubanjo (42) is alleged to have inflicted two bite marks on the child, who was aged 17 but had a mental age of only three or four.

A row had broken out in the Dublin premises when the alleged assault happened, a court heard.

Harm

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case at Dublin District Court, for the accused to decide how she intends to plead to the charge.

Ms Odubanjo, of Tory Square, Blanchardstown, is charged with assault causing harm to the boy at a care home in Dublin on a date in March last year.

Garda Eoin Morrisson said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level.

Outlining the prosecution's case, he said the accused was a care worker and it was alleged she assaulted a special needs child in her care by way of two bites to the left shoulder, in the course of a dispute in the care home itself.

The nature of the injury was "the bite marks themselves", with bruising and slight breaking of the skin, Gda Morrisson said.

A medical report was furnished to the court, containing images in relation to the injuries.

Judge Smyth asked what the circumstances of the dispute were.

The garda said that the alleged victim had a mental age of a much younger child - perhaps three or four - and had a physical disagreement with a staff member when he tried to take food from the kitchen.

The staff member was involved in that incident and it was alleged that it was during the course of this incident that the biting occurred, Gda Morrisson said.

Judge Smyth accepted jurisdiction after hearing the outline of the alleged facts.

This means that the case can remain in the district court instead of being sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher potential sentencing powers on conviction.

Disclosure

The judge ordered disclosure of prosecution statements to the defence.

Applying for free legal aid, the defendant's lawyer said Ms Odubanjo was on leave from work and was unpaid.

Judge Smyth granted legal aid and remanded the accused on continuing bail to November 2, to indicate how she intends to plead.

Ms Odubanjo was not required to address the court during the proceedings and has not yet entered a plea to the charge, which is under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.