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Sunday 19 January 2020

Woman screamed allegations at other mum in school gate attack

Jessica Fitzwalter (51) had denied pushing the woman. (stock photo)
Jessica Fitzwalter (51) had denied pushing the woman. (stock photo)

A mother collecting her two children from school was assaulted by another mother who started screaming "You f**ked my husband" at her, a court has heard.

Jessica Fitzwalter (51) had denied pushing the woman, saying the victim was lying and she never touched her.

Fitzwalter later became tearful, saying she was "so sad" and that she "can't accept what happened".

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in February.

As part of her bail conditions, Fitzwalter has been ordered to stay away from the injured party.

The defendant, of Moylaragh Court, Balbriggan, was found guilty of assaulting another woman and of using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, provoking a breach of the peace, on April 27 last year.

The victim told Swords District Court she was collecting her sons from school in Balbriggan at around 1.30pm and was heading for the collection point when she saw Fitzwalter walking towards her.

Pushed

She knew the defendant because their children were in the same school.

She said Fitzwalter started screaming at her "You f**ked my husband" and telling her to "just go away from my husband".

Fitzwalter then pushed her on the left shoulder.

The woman said she kept walking and told the defendant "Don't touch me", but Fitzwalter pushed her again on the back.

This assault took place in front of other parents and was captured on the victim's mobile phone, the court heard.

In her evidence, Fitzwalter said that "in the name of Jesus, I didn't touch her".

The defendant claimed the mobile phone footage, which was played to the court, did not show her assault the woman; instead, it showed the woman slapping her hand.

A tearful Fitzwalter also said she was "so sad", that she had "lost control" and she "can't accept what happened".

She later said she was "sorry for what happened".

The defendant had no previous convictions, the court heard.

Finding Fitzwalter guilty of assault, Judge Dempsey said he needed a probation report before sentencing.

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