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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Woman's head cut in garden punch attack, court hears

Erica Travers outside court
Erica Travers outside court

A young woman has been accused of repeatedly punching another woman, leaving her with a cut to the head.

Erica Travers (24) is alleged to have attacked the woman who was in her own front garden at the time.

Assault cases against her and a co-accused were adjourned when they appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh heard the DPP was consenting to the cases being dealt with at district court level subject to jurisdiction being considered.

Ms Travers, of Whitestown Drive, Mulhuddart, is charged with assault causing harm to a woman at Wellview Avenue, Mulhuddart, last May 8.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said it would be alleged the woman was in her front garden when she was assaulted by Ms Travers.

It was alleged the woman received a number of punches to the head resulting in a cut to the top of her head and bruising to her right eye.

Bruising

Sgt Callaghan said there was no medical report available but photographs of the complainant's injuries were presented to the court.

"Sometimes, as they say, a picture speaks a thousand words," Judge McHugh said, before viewing the photographs.

Meanwhile, a co-accused Kirsty Travers, from Edgewood Lawns, Corduff, is charged with assaulting another woman, causing her harm in a separate incident at Church Road in Mulhuddart on March 30.

Sgt Callaghan said in this case, it was alleged the complainant was struck a number of times to the head and suffered bruising.

There was no medical report available in this case either, she said. It was reported to gardai a number of weeks after the alleged incident.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with both cases at district court level, and adjourned them to the same date next month.

The accused have not yet indicated how they intend to plead to the charges and were remanded on continuing bail.

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