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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Woman got Facebook pal request from her attacker

A WOMAN received a Facebook "friend request" from a teenage girl who kicked her in the face during random street attack, a court has heard.

The 16-year-old girl pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday to assault causing harm to the woman, during an unprovoked attack at the Jervis Street Luas stop, Dublin, on March 12 last year.

Garda Sinead Gallagher told Judge Bryan Smyth that the 21-year-old woman had been at the Luas stop when the girl approached. "She kicked the injured party in the face," Garda Gallagher said. The woman, who was not known to the girl before the attack, was taken to hospital for stitches.

She was left with a small scar as a result of the unprovoked attack and photos of her facial injuries were shown to the judge who insisted that the girl should look at them also.

Garda Gallagher said in February the woman received a "friend request" from the girl on Facebook. A print-out of the request was given to the judge.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said on the night of the attack the girl had been "under the influence and has little recollection of the events", which Judge Smyth said was not much consolation for the victim.

Social services have been involved with the teen's family and welfare reports on her were furnished to the judge.

Mr Noble said the girl, who is taking part in an educational course, was "appalled" when she later viewed CCTV of the attack. The girl was denying that she had sent the online friend request and believed her Facebook account had been accessed by another person.

He said the girl was shocked when it was learned the request had been made from her Facebook account.



Disgraceful

The girl, who has no prior criminal convictions, looked at a photo of the injuries she had caused. When asked what she thought about it she replied "disgraceful".

"I am glad you realise that," Judge Smyth told the teenager, who was accompanied to her case by her mother.

He asked for a pre-sentence probation report on the girl to be prepared and warned her that if it is not positive she could face detention. The teen was ordered to appear again in May for sentencing.

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