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Michaela's bridesmaid assaulted

Published 26/01/2013 | 05:00

Michaela McAreavey's bridesmaid was assaulted by a handbag thief one month after Mrs McAreavey's murder, a court has heard.

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Bridesmaid Garda Joanna Cullen was off duty when Christopher Connors (23), of Cookstown Cottages in Tallaght, attempted to steal her handbag from her car.

Connors hit Gda Cullen several times before his accomplice drove over her arm.

On a previous date, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Gda Cullen found the incident difficult to deal with because of the recent death of her friend.

Mrs McAreavey was murdered on her honeymoon in Mauritius on January 10, 2011.

Yesterday, Connors was sentenced to four years with one year suspended.

Irish Independent

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