Broke woman's jaw in row

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00

A DUBLIN mother who broke another woman's jaw, bit her cheek and pulled out 'chunks' of her hair during a drunken fight at a house party has avoided jail.

The victim had plates inserted into her jawbone and was left with facial scarring and bald patches on her head as a result of the assault, a court heard.

Mother-of-one Kelly McGlynn (27), of Holywell Rise, Swords pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Fiona Benson in the early hours of April 30, 2011.

The incident took place at Elmfield Park in Clarehall, the home of Ms McGlynn's aunt, Sandra Tobin. The row broke out after Ms Benson went upstairs and put on a pair of boxer shorts belonging to Ms Tobin's boyfriend, Danny Butler.

Judge Patricia Ryan noted that the offence was out of character for McGlynn who had paid over €800 as a token of remorse. She imposed a three year sentence which she suspended in full.

A victim impact report prepared by Ms Benson said the assault had left her traumatised. She said she was prescribed anti-depressants for a few months and suffered panic attacks and ongoing nightmares.

Ms Benson had difficulty socialising and suffered stress, anxiety and fear of going out due to her facial scars. She was also out of work for two months and incurred medical expenses of about €500.

McGlynn has three previous convictions dating back to a single incident in 2006 for drunk driving and driving with no licence or insurance.

Anne Marie Lawlor BL, defending, said her client never intended to inflict the injuries that were suffered and was "utterly taken aback" when she learned of them.

She said McGlynn was very remorseful and that the incident was very much out of character as she was "not a violent person".

The court heard McGlynn gets €217 a week in social welfare and is a single mother to her young daughter.

Garda Ciara Doyle told Colm O'Briain BL, prosecuting, that a lot of drink was taken on the night by both McGlynn and the victim.

Gda Doyle said that a row broke out after Ms Benson went upstairs and put on a pair of boxer shorts belonging to Sandra Tobin's boyfriend, Danny Butler.

Mr Butler became annoyed and an argument ensued downstairs. The court heard that the victim was wearing a cast at the time because her arm was broken.

McGlynn told Ms Benson to go home, telling her 'you can't be upstairs rooting around'.

Ms Tobin told gardaí she was in the kitchen and saw the two women on the ground. She said they were separated by some of the men present.

The accused later went back to Ms Benson 'and then there was just murder again', Ms Tobin said.

Fingal Independent

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