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Friday 19 April 2019

Mum-of-two faces trial charged with 'boiling oil' attack

A mother charged in connection with a boiling oil attack on a young garda is facing trial for assault.

Rachel Hiheglo (27) is to be sent for trial before a judge and jury on a charge of assaulting Garda Michael O'Shea, who was seriously injured in the incident at a south inner city flats complex earlier this year.

Garda O'Shea was on duty when he had boiling oil thrown over him, leaving him with burns to his face, neck and shoulders.

He had called to a domestic incident at Mary Aikenhead House, James Street, at the time of the incident in July.

Hiheglo, with an address at the complex, is charged with assault causing harm to Garda O'Shea, as well as a second man, Enzo Kone. The charges are contrary to Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Hiheglo was on bail when she appeared before Dublin District Court today for the second time. The case had been adjourned for the directions of the DPP to be made available.

A State solicitor told the court that directions were for trial on indictment.This means the case will be sent to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where the potential penalties on conviction are greater than in the District Court.

Defence solicitor Suzanne Rush consented to the accused being remanded on continuing bail for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Judge Victor Blake adjourned the case to October 24. Hiheglo did not address the court during the brief hearing.

The court had heard previously the case arose from a domestic dispute. On that date in July, Sergeant Brendan Moloney presented evidence of arrest, charge and caution to the court by certificate.

Judge Dermot Dempsey had granted bail in her own bond of €200.

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