Tuesday 20 March 2018

Mum avoids jail for 8am assault with 'hammer'

Natasha Kavanagh leaving court yesterday after she pleaded guilty to assault. Photo: Courtpix
Natasha Kavanagh leaving court yesterday after she pleaded guilty to assault. Photo: Courtpix

Declan Brennan

A young mother has been spared jail for assaulting a woman after she was woken up by shouting outside her bedroom window early in the morning.

Natasha Kavanagh (24), of La Rochelle Apartments, Lamb Ally, Dublin, allegedly struck Catriona Traynor with a hammer after getting into a row with the victim and her friend, Karen Carter.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the two victims of the assault had arrived at the apartment block at 8am after a night of partying.

Ms Carter began calling up to the window of her boyfriend's apartment. Kavanagh stuck her head out of her window and told the women to shut up.

The women began shouting and Kavanagh then threw a carton of milk down on Ms Carter.

When the shouting continued, Kavanagh and her then boyfriend walked down to the women. A scuffle ensued and Ms Traynor ended up on the ground trying to defend herself.

Kavanagh then hit Ms Traynor twice on the head with a hammer, the court was told.

The victim suffered relatively minor injuries, including cuts to her head and bruising to her neck. A chunk of her hair was also pulled out.

When gardaí arrived they found the two victims sitting on the footpath. Ms Carter was covered in milk while Ms Traynor had blood on her face and cuts on her knees.

After her arrest, Kavanagh admitted the assault - but said she used a stiletto heel to strike the victim and adamantly denied using the hammer.

She pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Lamb Alley on July 13, 2014. A further charge of production of a hammer during a dispute was taken into consideration on sentencing.

Judge Martin Nolan suspended a sentence of two years on condition Kavanagh keeps the peace and obeys all instructions of the Probation Service for the next year.

He said that it would be unjust to imprison her after hearing mitigating evidence.

Irish Independent

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