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Monday 18 December 2017

'Tragic' alcoholic hairdresser in 'dastardly' attack on woman (82)

'Cody, of Rathgar Road, Rathgar, admitted assault and 19 other charges relating to public disorder and theft around Dublin' (stock photo)
'Cody, of Rathgar Road, Rathgar, admitted assault and 19 other charges relating to public disorder and theft around Dublin' (stock photo)

An alcoholic hairdresser has been jailed for attacking an 82-year-old woman on Grafton Street.

The elderly shopper, who was using a walking frame after undergoing spinal surgery, was knocked to the ground, Dublin District Court was told.

Rosaleen Cody (46) grabbed the elderly shopper's hat, then struggled with her as she tried to take it back.

Judge Michael Walsh, who jailed Cody for a year, said it had been an "appalling and dastardly crime".

Cody, of Rathgar Road, Rathgar, admitted assault and 19 other charges relating to public disorder and theft around Dublin.

Gda Sgt Gail Smith said the victim cared for her elderly husband, who suffered from Alzheimer's.

She was walking on Grafton Street on October 19 when Cody pulled off her hat.

As the woman tried to get it back, they struggled and collapsed to the ground.

The victim suffered some bruising but no lasting injuries. Reading a statement, Judge Walsh said it seemed the victim had made light of her injuries.

Accident

As Cody was sentenced, she said it had been an accident.

The judge said the victim was shopping for the household when she was set upon by Cody.

She was partially disabled and needed a walking aid to get about, he said.

Separately, on August 26, Cody lunged at a female garda and tried to grab her by the face when she was arrested for drunken behaviour in Fleet Street.

The next day, when she was being released from Kevin Street Garda Station, she became aggressive and abusive and urinated in the public office, which had to be closed until it was cleaned.

On November 2, Cody was acting aggressively in a shop on Lower Rathmines Road.

When confronted by the manager, she threatened to stab her with a pen that the manager had in her hair.

The court heard that Cody had "racked up" 209 previous convictions.

Cody was a "tragic character" who had had a normal life but went "off the tracks," said Matthew De Courcy, defending.

His client was "genuinely remorseful" for the Grafton Street assault, he said.

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