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Saturday 30 August 2014

Woman ‘lifted extinguisher’ and tried to strike supermarket manager in head in alleged row over ID to buy alcohol, court told

Andrew Phelan

Published 28/05/2014 | 08:30

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A YOUNG woman brandished a fire extinguisher as a weapon and tried to strike a supermarket manager on the head with it after she was asked for ID to buy alcohol, it is alleged.

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Lyndsey Donaghy (24) is accused of grabbing the extinguisher from a wall and attempting to hit the female shop manager with it.

Ms Donaghy also allegedly put her fist through a CCTV monitor during the incident in a Dublin Lidl store.

She is facing jury trial over the incident after a judge decided the case was too serious to be dealt with at Dublin District Court.

Ms Donaghy, with an address at Ratoath Drive, Finglas, is charged with producing a fire extinguisher as a weapon and damaging a monitor at Lidl, Slaney Road, Glasnevin on October 30, 2013.

The charges are under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons and Criminal Damage Acts.

Judge Ann Watkin refused jurisdiction to deal with the weapons charge in the district court.

She commented that a fire extinguisher “aimed at” somebody’s head in the manner alleged “could kill”.

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A security guard told the court the accused came into the shop at 8pm and was refused alcohol because she had no proper ID.

“She was very upset and asked to speak to someone in charge,” he said.

The store manager came out and explained the situation, and Ms Donaghy allegedly left the store screaming

She returned and shouted at the cashier.

In a back room, she allegedly punched the CCTV screen, smashing it. While the store manager’s back was turned, Ms Donaghy allegedly grabbed a fire extinguisher and lifted it over her head.

The security guard said she approached the manager with it and “tried to hit” her.

Defence barrister Karl Monahan pointed out the accused was not charged with attempting to assault.

“The facts as alleged are that this person lifted up a heavy fire extinguisher,” the judge said.

“If it was brought down at speed, somebody could have been killed or seriously injured.

“I have to take into account all the circumstances and the [alleged] circumstances are that she did it in a manner that, had she not been stopped, she could have killed somebody.”

The judge’s refusal of jurisdiction means the case will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

aphelan@herald.ie

Irish Independent

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