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Thursday 24 January 2019

Woman who attacked ex-friend over boy disputes her statement

Charmaine Craig kicked and punched her former friend
Charmaine Craig kicked and punched her former friend

A young woman who viciously attacked a former friend "over a relationship" with a boy has now claimed the victim made unfounded allegations in her statement.

Charmaine Craig (19) kicked and punched the woman in a Dublin supermarket, leaving her with head injuries that doctors told her "would have been way worse" if she had suffered one more blow.

It was further alleged in the victim impact statement that Craig continued to "torment" her after the attack, calling her a "slut" and threatening to "leave her in a bloodbath".

Craig, of Shancastle Drive, Clondalkin, had admitted assault causing harm to Nichole Griffin at Supervalu, Neilstown Road, Clondalkin, on July 5, last year.

Unfair

However, when her case came before Blanchardstown District Court for sentencing, her solicitor John Shanley said it would be unfair for the disputed allegations in the victim's statement to be taken into account in sentencing.

There were no charges relating to them and the defence had not seen the statement in advance, he said.

Judge David McHugh said Craig could withdraw her guilty plea if she wished.

"That is not what we are getting at," Mr Shanley said.

The judge told him to contact the DPP and if "some legal issue arises, I will hear that prior to sentence". He adjourned the case to next month.

Previously, the court heard that Ms Griffin (19) received kicks and punches to the head and body.

The incident happened because of "a relationship that was over".

In her statement, Ms Griffin said she was "viciously attacked for no reason at all" and "my whole life was turned upside down".

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