Thursday 27 June 2019

Law student admits assaulting garda after arrest

Tanya Felloni has admitted assaulting a garda
Tanya Felloni has admitted assaulting a garda
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A TRINITY College law student has admitted assaulting a garda during an incident in west Dublin.

Tanya Felloni (29) carried out the assault at a garda station where she was taken after being arrested for an earlier public order offence.

Judge Paula Murphy adjourned the case against Felloni when she appeared before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday.

Felloni, of Parkhill Lawn, Tallaght, is charged with common assault on a female garda at Clondalkin Garda Station last November 11.

She is also charged with using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause a breach of the peace.

That offence is alleged to have happened on Orchard Lane, Clondalkin, on the same date.

Defence barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin asked the judge to “mark a plea” to both charges, but said the case would have to be adjourned for the officer who had been assaulted to be given the opportunity to provide a victim impact statement.

He said the accused was studying law at Trinity College and had tried to apologise to the officer.

He asked the judge to consider ordering a restorative justice programme report.

No evidence of the details of the assault and public order incidents was heard.

The judge said she would have to hear the facts of the case before making any further order.

She said this would be done on the next date, when the victim impact statement is available.

She added that she would note the plea and adjourned the case to a date next month.

The accused was not required to address the court during the brief hearing and was remanded on continuing bail until the next hearing.


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