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Monday 18 June 2018

'Frail lady' jailed for unprovoked attack in shop

A “frail lady” who assaulted another woman in a Dublin city centre shop has been jailed for seven months. Stock photo: PA Archive
A “frail lady” who assaulted another woman in a Dublin city centre shop has been jailed for seven months. Stock photo: PA Archive

A "frail lady" who assaulted another woman in a Dublin city centre shop has been jailed for seven months.

Bernadette Doyle (40) hit the 38-year-old victim on the head and shoulder in an unprovoked attack.

Mother-of-one Doyle, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to assault when she appeared before Dublin District Court.

Gda Sgt Niall Murphy told the court that Doyle app-roached and hit the woman in a shop on Talbot Street on January 8 last year.

The attack was unprovoked and the victim suffered no injuries.

Separately, Doyle admitted breach of the peace over another incident the following day, when she hurled abuse at gardai outside a shop on O'Connell Street.

The court heard the defendant had 31 previous convictions for public order breaches, theft and other offences.

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Doyle had alcohol and mental health problems and had come to the attention of gardai only "quite late in life", in the last 11 years, her solicitor Clare Barry said.

Judge Brian O'Shea noted that the defendant had been subject to a peace bond at the time.

She was released on the basis that she kept the peace, yet she "went back out into the community and committed further offences", Judge O'Shea said.

Doyle's problems were extreme and she was in ill health. Among the conditions she was suffering from was reduced liver function.

"Yet she had the strength to go into a shop and assault someone," the judge said.

Ms Barry said the accused was "quite a frail lady" and her alcohol problem was a factor in the offence.

She was sober at present, the court heard.

Judge O'Shea said Doyle had also "squandered" multiple opportunities to engage with the probation service.

The judge jailed her for one month on the assault charge and a consecutive six months on the other charge.

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