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Friday 20 September 2019

Woman denies she hit boyfriend over the head with glass

Carol Costello denies assaulting her then boyfriend in a hotel
Carol Costello denies assaulting her then boyfriend in a hotel

A woman has pleaded not guilty to assaulting her boyfriend, who she allegedly struck on the head with a glass while they were staying overnight at a hotel.

Carol Costello (34) also denies damaging the man's phone in the same incident.

Ms Costello, with an address at Rathmines Avenue, Dublin 6, is charged with assault causing harm to her then-boyfriend and causing criminal damage to his iPhone.

The offences are alleged to have happened in a room they were staying in at the Kilford Arms Hotel, John Street, Kilkenny, on December 27 last year.

Defence solicitor Stephen O'Mahony told Judge Carol Anne Coolican the accused was seeking a date for the hearing of her case.

She was given a date for the hearing, which was adjourned at Dublin District Court.

The judge was told the trial in the non-jury court would take at least two hours, involving around six State witnesses.

The court heard around half a day should be set aside.

Judge Coolican adjourned the case to a date in December. The accused was remanded on continuing bail.

Agitated

Previously, a garda sergeant said the DPP was consenting to a summary disposal of the case at district court level subject to the judge deciding on jurisdiction.

Outlining the prosecution's case, she said the man (31) was in the hotel room with the accused who was his girlfriend at the time. It was alleged she became agitated and smashed the phone off a table.

After staff attended the room, her boyfriend followed the accused into the bathroom, telling her to calm down, the sergeant said.

It was alleged she picked up a glass in the bathroom and smashed it off his head, causing cuts.

A medical report on the injuries was submitted to the court.

A judge had accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level after hearing the outline of the proposed evidence.

The prosecution was also ordered on the last date in court to disclose documents to the defence.

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