Sunday 25 August 2019

GAA star pleads guilty to second club assault

Court: Cork GAA player Ashling Thompson outside Cork District Court. Photo: Cork Courts Limited
Court: Cork GAA player Ashling Thompson outside Cork District Court. Photo: Cork Courts Limited

Ralph Riegel

GAA star Ashling Thompson has pleaded guilty to a second assault in a nightclub.

The Cork player (28) pleaded guilty before Judge John King in Cork District Court to assaulting a woman in a Cork city centre nightclub last year.

Her plea came after she admitted assaulting another woman in the same nightclub on the same night before Cork District Court on May 1 last.

Judge King was told that Thompson was pleading guilty to assaulting Aoife O'Flaherty in Rearden's Nightclub on Washington Street on February 25, 2018.

The charge was brought contrary to Section 2 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act. No details of the assault were outlined in court.

On May 1, Thompson pleaded guilty to assaulting Jennifer Coakley in Rearden's Nightclub on the same evening.

Judge King was handed a written victim impact statement on behalf of Ms O'Flaherty.

However, he warned that he was unable to deal with the matter as he did not have notes about the previous court hearing which was dealt with before a different judge.

"These matters should be dealt with together," he said. "They should not be dealt with in isolation."

Judge King said that as he didn't have detailed notes of the previous hearing he could not proceed with the two matters. He adjourned sentencing until June 25 next.

Thompson did not speak during the hearing. Her solicitor, Eddie Burke, pointed out she had no previous convictions and expressed the hope that matters could be finalised.

However, Judge King said he had no option but to adjourn the case so sentencing over both matters could properly be dealt with at the same time.

Irish Independent

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