Thursday 18 January 2018

Judge taken away in ambulance after being attacked in Dublin court

Judge Miriam Walsh Pic: Courts Collins
Judge Miriam Walsh Pic: Courts Collins
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

A man has been arrested after a female judge was attacked earlier today during a court sitting.

It is understood that the man was arrested by gardai after an “incident of a violent nature” unfolded in the Dolphin House family law court in Dublin's Temple Bar shortly before lunch time.

Judge Miriam Walsh was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

It is understood that the male attacker was giving evidence during a case when he attacked the judge, possibly kicking her in the head before he was stopped.

A spokesperson for the Courts Service confirmed that an incident did occur, adding that gardai stationed in the court intervened quickly.

The Court Service spokesman said there is a security system in place which was “brought into operation”.

Gardai confirmed that the man who was arrested was brought to Pearse Street garda station. He can be held for 24 hours.

Judge Walsh was appointed to the bench during the summer. Her injuries are not believed to be serious, and she has since been discharged from hospital.

It is understood that the case involved an older couple who were seeking a safety order against their adult son, who has an intellectual disability.

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