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Tuesday 21 August 2018

New mum slashed teen reveller with her stiletto

CLUB: Attacker struck out after hurling bottle

A NEW mum used her high-heel shoe to slash another woman's scalp open when she flew into a rage in a nightclub row on her first evening out after giving birth.

Sabrina Smith (29) attacked the victim (19) with her stiletto heel after first flinging a bottle at her but missing.

Smith had a difficult pregnancy and childbirth three months earlier and was still on medication at the time of the incident in a city club.

Smith, of Donore Avenue, South Circular Road, admitted assault the victim at Club 21, D'Olier Street, on January 17.

Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the case for payment of compensation to the victim.

Garda Jennifer Weldon told Dublin District Court she was called to the club at 1.25am. The victim told her she had had a verbal argument with the accused, who threw a glass bottle at her.

The bottle did not hit her, but Smith then struck her on the head with her high heel.

She had suffered lacerations to the scalp, the garda said.

Smith was "very co-operative" when arrested.

She had had a "very difficult pregnancy" and the birth was also difficult, said Leanora Frawley, defending.

The court heard Smith had explained to the garda that she had just had a baby, that it was her first night out and she was "anxious and stressed".

Ms Frawley said she had pleaded guilty in July, the case had been adjourned for the production of a medical report and had been "weighing heavily on her" since.

The court heard she had been hospitalised three months before the birth and was still on medication at the time of the assault.

"She had four vodkas and this, combined with the medication she was taking, resulted in what is fair to say was an out-of-character incident," Ms Frawley said.

Remorseful

The court heard the defendant had no previous convictions of any kind and was extremely remorseful for what happened.

Smith was living with her partner and their two children, now aged three and one. Both she and her partner were unemployed and on an "extremely limited income".

She was willing to pay compensation but would need time to raise the money. Judge Staines adjourned the case to October 26 for the payment of €200 compensation to the victim and said she would dismiss the charge under the Probation Act if this was done. She was taking into consideration the fact that Smith was the mother of two young children.

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