Wednesday 22 October 2014

Court hears claim that rival 'couldn't satisfy' her lover

Eimear Cotter

Published 28/02/2014 | 14:34

Yvonne Connolly
Lisa Walsh

A COURT has heard claims that a Dublin woman told her neighbour she "couldn't satisfy" her former partner and then kicked her and pulled her hair after the pair got into a slagging match in a post office.

Yvonne Connolly (40) allegedly carried on an affair with Lisa Walsh's former partner while she was pregnant with his child.

Ms Walsh told the court she found out about the affair three days after she gave birth.

She claimed Ms Connolly assaulted her while she was holding the child, who was then 15-months-old, after the pair got into a screaming match in the post office. Ms Connolly, of Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, has denied assaulting Lisa Walsh at Firhouse Post Office on February 28 last year.

SLAGGING

Tallaght District Court heard Ms Walsh was in the queue at the post office when Ms Connolly came in, rubbed her little boy's face and said, "Howeyeh Lisa, he's the image of Danno".

Ms Walsh claimed she told Ms Connolly to remove her hand, and Ms Connolly then told her to "get over it".

She said she responded by saying: "It's a little bit hard to get over it when your neighbour goes off with your partner."

Ms Walsh claimed the pair got into a slagging match and she told Ms Connolly she was "nothing but a tramp". Ms Walsh admitted calling the accused a "whore" and a "knacker".

Ms Walsh claimed Connolly told her: "It's not my fault you couldn't satisfy your partner and he had to go to me."

She said she put her hand out to Ms Connolly to keep her away, but the accused attacked her, repeatedly kicking her and pulling out clumps of her hair.

She said she was holding her young son at the time so she could not defend herself. He started to slip to the ground, bringing her tracksuit bottoms down with him.

Ms Walsh said she screamed at Ms Connolly to let her go and a bystander took her son.

Following the assault, Ms Walsh claimed she lost a lot of her hair and her face and legs were sore.

Cross-examined by defence lawyer Gabby Deane, Ms Walsh denied she instigated the fight and then accused Connolly of assaulting her.

GOSSIP

Ms Walsh admitted it was "gut-wrenching" to break up from her long-term partner, and even though there had been local gossip, she claimed she has never approached the accused nor said anything to her.

Ms Deane asked Ms Walsh if she was aware of the saying "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned", and Ms Walsh said she had "heard it on Desperate Housewives".

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the matter for four weeks to allow Connolly to give her evidence.

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