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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Three generations of one family accused of attacking woman in street

FIVE family members from three generations appeared in court today accused of attacking and injuring a woman in Dublin last year.

It is alleged the woman was falsely accused of vandalising a house, was attacked and is still getting treatment for her injuries almost a year on.



A grandmother, aged in her late fifties, her daughter who is in her thirties, and three youths aged from 16 to 19, are accused of violent disorder and assault causing harm to a woman, in north Dublin, on a date in February last year.



The five co-defendants' case was listed at the Dublin Children's Court because two of them are minors.



Judge William Early heard that they all had no reply when they were charged.



Garda Anita Brannigan told the court that it is alleged that the woman had been walking home when she was attacked by the 16-year-old boy who was part of a larger group in the area that caused violent disorder.



She said the same allegations would be made against all of the five family members.



Garda Brannigan also said that the attack “was unprovoked” and the woman has claimed the five had blamed her breaking a window at a house.



“She received punches to the face and had a minor head injury,” the garda said.



The court was provided with a medical report on the woman's injuries and the judge also heard that she is still attending the Mater Hospital for treatment.



Evidence was also handed in to court to show that she was not in the area when the alleged act of vandalism at the defendants' home occurred.



Judge Early remanded the five on bail to appear again next month when they will be expected to tell the court how they will plead to the charges.



The judge agreed to grant them legal aid and acceded to requests from defence solicitors Brendan Aherne and Gareth Noble to order gardaí to hand over copies of the prosecution's evidence ahead of the next hearing.

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