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Woman accused of taking phone then hitting girl

A WOMAN has been accused of robbing a 15-year-old girl of her mobile phone in Dublin city centre, then striking her twice in the face with a can of beer when she challenged her.

Linda Wall (33) is alleged to have attacked the teen after demanding money for the return of her phone in a city park.

She had a bench warrant issued for her arrest when she failed to appear in Dublin District Court.

Wall, of Camden Hall Hostel, Camden Street Upper, is charged with assault causing harm and robbing the victim of a Samsung phone at St Stephen's Green Park on September 8, 2012.

A garda sergeant told the court it would be alleged that Wall and two males approached a group of teenagers at around 4.10pm.

The girl had left her mobile phone beside her on the grass and Wall allegedly picked it up.

The prosecution maintained that Wall then accused the girl of taking cash belonging to her, said she had her phone and would not give it back to her unless she returned the cash.

When the girl said she had not taken any money, the defendant allegedly said she was keeping the phone and walked away.

The girl followed to get her phone back and Wall allegedly punched her into the face.

She persisted and Wall hit her twice more in the mouth with an open can of beer, the sergeant alleged.

This caused cuts inside the girl's mouth.