Saturday 20 January 2018

Mum in court after garda attacked with boiling oil

Tom Tuite

A WOMAN accused of dousing a garda with boiling oil after he responded to a report of a suspected domestic dispute was yesterday granted bail by Dublin District Court.

Garda Michael O'Shea, of Kilmainham station, Dublin, received serious injuries during an incident at Mary Aikenhead House, on James Street, in Dublin's south inner city.

The garda, who is in his 20s, was treated in hospital for injuries to his face, neck and shoulder. A second man injured during the alleged incident was also taken to hospital but was later discharged.

Single mother-of-two Rachel Hiheglo (27), who is originally from Togo and has an address at Mary Aikenhead House, was charged yesterday with assault causing harm to Gda O'Shea and Enzo Kone.

Garda Sergeant Brendan Maloney told Judge Dermot Dempsey at Dublin District Court that there was no objection to bail provided the accused surrendered her passport and complied with bail conditions.

"A file is being prepared for the DPP's office. I cannot see there being directions before the end of July," Gda Sgt Maloney said.

Defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins said it was not a matter that would "trouble the DPP for very long". He told the court that the alleged incident arose "in the context of a dispute".

"I can confirm that her passport has been surrendered, that has been done. Through me she will undertake not to apply for a further passport or other travel documents," Mr O'Higgins added.

Judge Dempsey ordered Ms Hiheglo to sign on at her local garda station every Monday and Friday. She was granted legal aid and ordered to appear again on September 12, pending directions from the DPP.

Irish Independent

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