Wednesday 20 September 2017

Woman handed suspended sentence for assault on fellow prison inmate

Fiona Ferguson

A WATERFORD woman who assaulted a fellow inmate at the Dochas Centre in Mountjoy Prison due to "name calling" has been given a suspended sentence.

Karen Kelly (22) of William Street, Waterford, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to the woman on April 7, 2011. Kelly has 16 previous convictions including seven for assault.

Judge Martin Nolan said Kelly seemed to have mental health problems which would require medication for the rest of her life but which psychiatrists were hopeful could be managed.

He imposed a two and a half year sentence which he suspended in full on strict conditions.

Garda Keith Fox told Martina Baxter BL, prosecuting, that as the women passed each other at a doorway Kelly pushed the woman, who landed on the floor, and then kicked her repeatedly on the back. The woman sustained a number of bruises but was not seriously injured.

Kelly told gardai after the attack was reported that there had been name calling between the two of them. The victim maintained that the attack was unprovoked.

Sandra Frayne BL, defending, said no weapon had been used and the victim did not require hospitalisation. She said Kelly had expressed remorse.

She said Kelly had since been released from the sentence she was serving and was now happy to be at home with her supportive parents in Waterford. She said Kelly had not been in trouble for 15 months and appeared to be keeping her head down.

Ms Frayne handed in a number of psychiatric reports and said Kelly had not been on the correct medication for a number of months prior to the incident.

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