Glamour model to face trial for assault on woman
Published 30/05/2015 | 02:30
A glamour model is claiming she acted in self-defence when she allegedly scratched another woman's face and bit her hand during a fight.
Dubliner Bridget Byrne (25), who works under the name of Ava Van Rose, will go on trial later this year, a judge ordered.
The mother-of-two, who also starred in the short-lived reality show 'Infectious', appeared at Dublin District Court where she faces a single charge of assault causing harm.
It is alleged she attacked Helen Guinan at a house at Wheatfield Avenue in Clondalkin, Dublin, on October 20, 2013. Defence solicitor Brian Keenan indicated that the case would be contested on the grounds that Ms Byrne was acting in self-defence.
The charge is under Section Three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.
Judge Miriam Malone asked to hear an outline of the prosecution evidence to determine if the case should remain in the district court or instead be dealt with at the higher level, in the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing powers.
Garda Gerard Clifford said it was alleged that on October 20, 2013 the defendant entered a house at Wheatfield Avenue, the home of the complainant, and "assaulted her".
Gardaí received a complaint two days later and they interviewed Ms Byrne who now has an address at An Luasan, Ballybrit, Co Galway.
The model stood silently as a summary of the allegations was given in court and Judge Malone accepted jurisdiction.
The defence solicitor confirmed a hearing date was being sought, meaning his client is pleading not guilty.