Thursday 18 December 2014

Woman charged with slashing ex-boyfiend's finger during row

Andrew Phelan

Published 28/04/2014 | 15:48

A YOUNG woman lacerated her former boyfriend's finger when she slashed him with a knife during a domestic row, it has been alleged.

Amanda Delaney (28) produced the knife during a dispute at a house in north Dublin and cut her ex, a court was told.

The case against her was adjourned at Dublin District Court.

Ms Delaney, with an address at Ferrycarrig Drive, Coolock, is charged with assault causing harm to her ex boyfriend at Beaver Street, Dublin 1 on May 9, 2013.

The charge is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Judge Anthony Halpin was told the DPP was consenting to summary disposal of the case in the District Court. However, a medical report on the injuries suffered by the alleged victim was not available.

The man had been treated at the Mater Hospital.

Judge Halpin said the incident had happened almost a year ago and he found it "strange" that the DPP could have decided on directions in the absence of a medical report.

"If you placed a monkey in front of a typewriter, he would have knocked one out by now", the judge said.

A garda sergeant told the court the accused was arrested and charged at Store Street Garda Station on March 9 this year.

The allegation related to a domestic dispute in May, 2013. It was alleged that Ms Delaney produced a knife in the course of a dispute with her ex boyfriend and during the row, she cut him on his finger, causing a laceration.

It was "not a very serious injury", the sergeant said.

Judge Halpin accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at District Court level. This means it will not be sent for jury trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has greater sentencing powers on conviction.

He remanded the accused on continuing bail, to appear in court again on June 3. She is expected to indicate how she intends to plead to the charge on that date.

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