A LISTOWEL woman has been bound to the peace for 12 months after admitting she slapped a child who, she claimed, was interfering with the ESB box outside her house.
Listowel District Court was told that Phyllis Hickey of 1 Stoker's Grove, Listowel, had drink taken when she ' hit the (child) a slap' and admitted the assault when interviewed by gardaí. She claimed at the time, however, that the child had been interfering with the ESB box and had also hit another child prior to the incident.
Inspector Michael Fitzpatrick told the court that the child's parents went to gardaí five hours after the incident to report what had happened, claiming Ms Hickey had 'slapped and pushed' the child.
Defence solicitor Pat Enright said that his client was not disputing that an incident took place and said Ms Hickey 'admitted the incident did occur and accepts the assault took place.'
He said Ms Hickey was totally cooperative with gardaí and claimed that the ESB box on her property was 'a magnet for children.' He said Ms Hickey's house is a target for low level abuse, including stone throwing, and accused the injured party of being ' the main culprit' on the day in question.
He said that since the incident, Ms Hickey has been keeping her head down and has been feeling very, very down and suffers from bouts of depression.
Judge Mary Larkin said that she had every sympathy for anyone suffering with health issues and did not want to 'make this woman's life any worse than it is' and bound her to the peace for 12 months.