Scorned woman 'lost it' and pulled clump of hair from 'love rival' during assault in pub
A SCORNED woman "lost it" and assaulted a female pub-goer by pulling her hair after she discovered she'd had an affair with her long-term partner.
Tammy Foster (38) was left holding a clump of the woman's hair following the attack.
Foster claimed she believed the victim was pointing at her.
Her lawyer told a court that Foster feels the victim brought the assault upon herself, both by her behaviour in the pub and by having an affair with her long-term partner.
Judge David McHugh described the assault as an "outrage", adding the victim was not in court to defend herself.
The judge sentenced Foster to four months in prison but suspended it for a year.
The defendant, of Rathvilly Park in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to seriously assaulting another woman at The Cardiff Inn, Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas, on November 27 last year.
Garda Sergeant Mary Doherty said the injured party was in the pub with friends shortly after 11pm when Foster grabbed her by the hair.
Sgt Doherty said the two women were separated by gardai and Foster had a clump of the woman's hair in her hand.
Sgt Doherty said the victim was asked if she wished to provide an impact statement to the court, but she declined to do so.
Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said Foster was with her partner for 16 years and they had four children together.
He said Foster kicked her partner out after she discovered he had been having an affair with the victim.
On the night in question, Foster was trying to enjoy a night out when she saw the victim, who she believes, rightly or wrongly, is "the woman who tore her family apart".
The court heard Foster felt the woman was talking about her and she just "lost it" and assaulted her.
Mr MacLoughlin said the defendant feels the victim brought the assault upon herself by her own behaviour in the pub and due to the affair, and she was somewhat responsible for the destruction of her relationship.
He also said Foster is suffering from anxiety.