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Zara McCabe from Tallaght is charged with a brutal assault

Zara McCabe from Tallaght is charged with a brutal assault

Zara McCabe from Tallaght is charged with a brutal assault

A woman and two men have been accused of carrying out a "vicious" street assault on a man who was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head in Dublin city centre.

The alleged victim was unable to flee his attackers due to the "extreme level of violence used", gardaí said.

Zara McCabe (33) of Brookview Drive, Tallaght along with Michael Brown (38) and John Kavanagh (54), both with addresses at Fr McVerry's Trust, are all charged with assault causing harm.

Their cases were adjourned at Dublin District Court.

Gardaí told the court the man was allegedly attacked by the three accused at Fleet Street after 11pm on November 4. It was alleged he was walking on the street when he was knocked to the ground and "viciously assaulted" for several minutes.

He tried to flee but was unable to do so due to the "extreme level of violence" used. The garda said the incident was captured on CCTV from several locations.

Kicked

It was alleged the man was kicked in the head while he was on the ground and a witness had told gardaí he also saw the man being hit on the head with a hammer.

Ms McCabe was not alleged to have used a hammer, her lawyer said, and there was no weapons charge against any of the accused.

Ms McCabe was alleged to have rifled through the man's pockets, although there was no robbery charge.

The court heard neither of the co-accused was known to Ms McCabe.

When Mr Brown's case was called, a garda said the alleged victim suffered bruises around his face and a cut to his eye.

Mr Brown had made denials throughout his interview by gardaí, his lawyer said.

Judge Marie Quirke said the allegations were serious.

The three cases were all adjourned to different dates, for the directions of the DPP.

The charges are under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.


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