Thursday 27 October 2016

Glamour model (26) bit woman after row over collecting child

Tom Tuite

Published 24/02/2016 | 16:04

Bridget Byrne (26), a glamour model who works under the name ‘Ava Van Rose’, leaving Dublin District Court. Photo: Courtpix
Bridget Byrne (26), a glamour model who works under the name ‘Ava Van Rose’, leaving Dublin District Court. Photo: Courtpix
Bridget Byrne aka Ava Van Rose, pictured leaving the Bridewell District Court in Dublin yesterday after she pleaded guilty to assault. Pic: Courts Collins

A DUBLIN glamour model who jumped on a woman and bit and scratched her is awaiting sentence for assault.

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Bridget Byrne (26) – who works under the name of Ava Van Rose – yesterday pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Helen Guinan.

Garda Gerard Clifford told Dublin District Court that Ms Byrne has a daughter with Helen Guinan’s partner.

There had been a row over their arrangements for the collection of the child.


Gda Clifford said that on October 20, 2013 Byrne – who starred in the short-lived reality TV show Infectious – then turned up at Ms Guinan’s home at Wheatfield Avenue in Clondalkin, in Dublin.

Gda Clifford, of Ronanstown Station, said that when the door was opened, Byrne “jumped on Helen Guinan in the front hall and put her fingers in her eyes, she was biting her left hand and scratching her face”.

The woman’s face was cut and the skin on her hand was broken. A medical report was handed in, and Gda Clifford agreed with the defence solicitor that the injuries were superficial.

Gardai received a complaint two days after the attack and they interviewed mother-of-three Ms Byrne, who now has an address at An Luasan, Ballybrit, Co Galway but is from Clondalkin.

Gda Clifford also agreed that Byrne, who sat silently in the court, did not have any prior criminal convictions and has not come to garda attention since. The garda agreed that the row was over family matters.

A district court conviction for the assault could result in a fine and a possible sentence of up to a year in jail.

Mr Keenan said that his client has worked as a model and hoped to resume her education  to study to become a personal trainer.

He asked the court to take into account her guilty plea and the fact that she had no prior convictions.


The model had initially indicated that she would contest the case on the grounds that she acted in self-defence.

However, defence solicitor Brian Keenan told Dublin District Court she was now pleading guilty.

Judge John Cheatle adjourned sentencing to allow time for a probation report on her to be prepared.

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