Monday 21 October 2019

Mother assaults another over 'failure to collect girl from school'

Declan Brennan

A MOTHER assaulted another mother in front of her daughter’s school because she thought the victim had not bothered to collect the girl from school, a court has heard.

Idowu Nduribe (37) held the victim down by sitting on her, hitting her face and banging her head against the footpath.

 

Nduribe of Liffey Grove, Liffey Valley Park, Lucan pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm of Abiola Adeyinka at St Bernadette’s School, Quarryvale, Clondalkin on November 5, 2012.

 

Judge Martin Nolan suspended a prison sentence of 18 months on the condition that Nduribe does not harass or interfere with the victim.

 

The victim told gardaí that her attacker hit her face using shoes, an umbrella and keys but Nduribe denied this. The victim suffered bleeding to her forehead and puncture wounds to her head, face and hands.

 

Garda Niall Cleary told John Quirke BL, prosecuting, that the two women both had daughters in the school and that Ms Adeyinka would collect Nduribe’s daughter.

 

The court heard that Ms Adeyinka got tired of this because she was getting stuck in traffic and that she didn’t collect Nduribe’s girl on one occasion.

 

The next day Nduribe started shouting at the victim about not picking up her child and the victim reported the incident to the school principal. The following day Nduribe attacked the victim.

 

Lorcan Staines BL, defending, said his client believed she was acting in self defence after a scuffle between the two. He said none of the weapons the victim said were used were described by a concerned parent who witnessed the assault and pulled Nduribe off the victim.

 

Counsel said there that Nduribe has no other convictions and there have been no incidents since this one. Judge Nolan imposed the sentence after hearing the two women’s daughters were still attending the same school.

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