Monday 24 July 2017

Woman appears in court charged with violent mugging of female civil servant

Gardaí at the scene of the attack in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardaí at the scene of the attack in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Andrew Phelan

A HOMELESS woman has appeared in court charged with robbing and assaulting a female civil servant who was stabbed in the neck as she walked home from work.

Laura Kenna (33) was remanded in custody after no bail application was made on her behalf.

She was charged in connection with the violent mugging of a 35-year-old woman in Drumcondra.

The victim is still recovering in hospital after she was attacked and seriously injured as she walked near the Archbishop’s home on Tuesday.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the case for a week at Dublin District Court.

Ms Kenna, of no fixed address, is charged with robbery and assault causing harm to the woman at Drumcondra Road Lower on January 3. She is alleged to have robbed the woman of her handbag and mobile phone.

This morning, Detective Sergeant Ken Hoare said he arrested the accused for the purpose of caution at Mountjoy Garda Station at 10.58pm last night.

She was charged in his presence at 11pm by Garda Sergeant Michael O’Brien and made no reply after caution.

She was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Defence solicitor Daniel Hanahoe said he was aware gardai were objecting to bail but there was no application for bail.

He applied for free legal aid and Judge Halpin granted this after there was no garda objection.

Ms Kenna was remanded in custody to January 13, for mention on that date.

The DPP's directions have not yet been made available.

The accused, wearing a zip-up grey top and dark blue jeans did not address the court during this morning’s brief hearing.

She spoke briefly to Mr Hanahoe at the end of the proceedings.

The charges against the defendant are under the Theft and Fraud and Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Ms Kenna has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charges.

According to gardai, the incident happened on Drumcondra Road Lower between Clonliffe Road and the Archbishop's House shortly after 5pm on Tuesday.

Gardai and staff from the Archbishop's House helped the victim who was reportedly staggering and appeared to have lost a lot of blood.

She was taken for treatment to the Mater Hospital.

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