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Girl who attacked woman and then sent her a Facebook ‘friend’ request to be sentenced

A GIRL, who kicked a woman in the head during a street attack in Dublin and allegedly sent her a Facebook "friend request" afterwards, has had sentencing adjourned until February.

The 17-year-old has pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to assault causing harm to the woman, during an unprovoked attack at the Jervis Street Luas stop, in Dublin city-centre, on March 12 last year.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the case until February when an updated probation report is to be furnished.

The court has already heard that the girl has been attending a clinic which helps young people with behavioural problems.

Earlier, Garda Sinead Gallagher had told the court that the 21-year-old woman had been at the Luas stop when the girl approached. “She kicked the injured party in the face,” Gda Gallagher had said. The woman, who was not known to the girl before the attack, was taken to hospital where she received stitches.

She was left with a small scar as a result of the unprovoked attack and photos of her facial injuries have been shown to the court and to the girl.

Gda Gallagher had also said that in February this year, the woman received a “friend request” from the girl on Facebook.

The court has heard that on the night of the attack the girl had been “under influence and has little recollection of the events”.

Social services have been involved with the teen's family and background and welfare reports have already been furnished to the court.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble had said the girl was “appalled” when she later viewed CCTV footage of the attack. The court has also been told that she has denied sending the online friend request and believed her Facebook account had been hacked by another person.

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