Thursday 8 December 2016

Woman (23) pulled teenage girl's hair and left her bruised in random street assault

Published 04/04/2016 | 12:22

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A WOMAN pulled a 16-year-old girl's hair and left her bruised after attacking her for no reason on the street, a court heard.

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Aileen Burns (23) assaulted the girl, who was walking on the road with her friends at the time.

Judge David McHugh gave her a four-month suspended sentence at Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the girl.

She also admitted to a series of separate public order offences, including public drunkenness and breach of the peace.

The cases were all before the court for the production of a probation report.

The court heard the assault happened on June 8, 2013.

The victim, who was in court, had been "merely walking up the road with her friends when she was accosted by the defendant".

The court heard Burns had a drug problem and no previous convictions.

"There is one victim and I note the comments, that she was randomly assaulted by the defendant," Judge McHugh said.

He suspended the sentence for two years on condition that Burns - with an address at Calendar's Mill, Celbridge, Co Kildare - continues to attend treatment.

"If she falls off the wagon in any way, she puts herself at risk of a custodial sentence," the judge added.

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