Sunday 21 July 2019

Mum of four hurled microwave oven into woman's car windscreen in row

Blanchardstown District Court
Blanchardstown District Court
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A mother-of-four threw a microwave oven through another woman's car windscreen during a dispute between the pair on the street outside her home.

Emma Murphy (35) picked up an oven that had been dumped nearby, and threw it at the car during the row with the woman.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court, saying he wanted Murphy to pay for the €200 worth of damage before finalising it.

Murphy, with an address at Méile An Rí Road, Balgaddy, Lucan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage.

Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said that the defendant was pleading guilty, subject to the judge accepting jurisdiction to deal with the case.

Garda Sergeant Geraldine McManigan gave evidence that the incident happened at Méile An Rí Road on October 17, 2016.

There was a dispute between the accused and another woman and in the course of this, Murphy smashed the driver's window of the victim's car "by throwing a microwave that was dumped on the road at same", Sgt McManigan said.

The value of the damage caused was €200, she continued.

Judge McHugh asked if the microwave was "conveniently by" the road or if it had been "acquired" by the woman.

Sgt McManigan said that it had been dumped on the road.

The judge accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case.

This means that it will be finalised in the district court instead of being sent to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has greater sentencing powers on conviction.

Murphy had no previous convictions of any kind, the court heard.

The incident had happened two years ago and Murphy had not come to the attention of gardaí since, her barrister Ms Jackson said.

Compensation

Judge McHugh asked whether the accused was in a position to make restitution to the victim for the damage caused to her car.

Ms Jackson said that Murphy could not do this today, saying the defendant had four children, was not working, and was in receipt of social welfare.

Judge McHugh adjourned the case to a date in February and said he would not finalise it until compensation was paid.

He said he would require "some move" on this on the next day.

Ms Jackson applied for free legal aid, handing a statement of the defendant's financial means in to court.

Sgt McManigan said there was no Garda objection subject to the statement that was handed in.

Murphy did not address the district court during the hearing.

The charge against her was under Section 2 of the Criminal Damage Act.

Irish Independent

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