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Monday 11 December 2017

Family await brain scan results for beaten mum

THE family of a Dublin mum left on a life support machine after being assaulted at her home are awaiting MRI scan results on the extent of her brain damage.

Nicola Murray (28) had the scan to determine if she has suffered permanent brain damage.

The care worker has been left fighting for her life after she sustained serious head injuries during the attack in her house in the earlier hours of Sunday.

She was found by her mother in the bedroom of her home at Reuben Walk, in Rialto, Dublin 8, and rushed to Beaumont Hospital, where she remains in a stable but critical condition.

Her worried parents are continuing to hold a bedside vigil beside Nicola in the hope that she will show some signs of recovery.

"There has been no change at all. Nicola's condition hasn't deteriorated, which is encouraging, but she hasn't improved either, which is worrying," her father John told the Herald.

"It's just one big long waiting game, which is very hard on us all," he added.

Nicola underwent an MRI scan at 4pm yesterday to assess the level of damage and injuries she received.



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Results on those tests were being awaited today.

A man charged with assaulting Nicola remains in custody after being charged with assault causing harm to her at her home.

Paul McMenamy (26) was brought before Dublin District Court on Thursday charged under Section Three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act.

Judge Patrick Durcan heard McMenamy was arrested at Bewleys Hotel, Clonshaugh Road, near Dublin Airport, on Thursday at 2.05am, and was then taken to Kevin Street Garda Station.

Detective Sergeant Michael O'Brien told Judge Durcan that the defendant "had nothing to say" in reply to the charge.

Det Sgt O'Brien said there was an objection to bail and he applied for a remand in custody.

McMenamy, of Donomore Green in Tallaght, Dublin, did not address the court during his brief hearing.

Defence solicitor Michael Hanahoe asked Judge Durcan to let the case stand in the court's list. When it resumed a short while later, Mr Hanahoe said that he was deferring the bail application. Judge Durcan remanded Mr McMenamy in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on February 14. Legal aid was granted.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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