Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man admits throwing a cup of hot tea in face of charity volunteer

David McCarthy claimed he was aiming the drink at someone else (INM)
David McCarthy claimed he was aiming the drink at someone else (INM)

A young man assaulted a volunteer working with the homeless by throwing a cup of hot tea in her face, a court has heard.

David McCarthy (22) had been aiming for another man when he hit the charity worker as she handed out food and drinks in Dublin city centre.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the case for a victim impact statement.


McCarthy, with an address at Ardbeg Park, Artane, north Dublin, pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman at the GPO last May 7.

Gda Richard Loakman told Dublin District Court that the incident happened at around midnight.

"The injured party was working as a volunteer with a homeless charity serving hot food and drinks to people on the street," he said.

The court was told McCarthy approached and picked up a cup of hot tea, which he threw at a man.

However, the tea hit the woman and left her face red and in pain.

The victim was not in court, and Judge Ryan said he believed the woman "should be able to attend" before the case is finalised.

If she did not attend in person, she should be heard by way of a statement if she so wished, he said.

McCarthy was working full-time and was finding it difficult to get time off work, his lawyer said.


The judge adjourned the case to a date in May.

"Thanks, Judge Ryan," McCarthy said.

The judge told the garda that the victim should be notified about the date of the adjournment.

The charge is being dealt with at district court level where the maximum penalty on conviction is six months' imprisonment, a fine or both.

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