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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Woman allegedly 'pulled by hair and kicked' in row

Gardai allege that the accused pulled the woman to the floor, where he punched and kicked her a number of times. (stock photo)
Gardai allege that the accused pulled the woman to the floor, where he punched and kicked her a number of times. (stock photo)

A man is alleged to have pulled a woman by the hair into a hallway after a row turned into a physical assault.

Cosmas Mooney (55) is then alleged to have dragged the woman to the ground, where he punched and kicked her several times.

Judge Ann Ryan refused jurisdiction to deal with the case in the district court and adjourned the matter to a date in April for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused, of Rossfield Park, Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with seriously assaulting a woman on July 8.

The court heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed summary trial of the charge in the district court, where the penalties on conviction are less severe than in the higher courts.

Socialising

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Sgt Michael Ahern alleged that Mr Mooney and the victim were known to each other and had been socialising earlier in the night.

Sgt Ahern said the pair were both at a house at Rossfield Park when the assault took place.

Sgt Ahern alleged there had been an argument between the pair and Mr Mooney then pulled the woman by the hair into a hallway.

Sgt Ahern alleged that Mr Mooney then pulled the woman to the floor, where he punched and kicked her a number of times.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney asked the judge to accept jurisdiction.

However, Judge Ryan said she did not believe the allegation was a minor matter and adjourned it for a book of evidence.

The court heard Mr Mooney was in receipt of social welfare and Judge Ryan assigned Mr Tunney on free legal aid.

Mr Mooney has not yet indicated a plea to the charge.

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