Wednesday 21 August 2019

Physiotherapist who glassed woman in face in Dublin pub receives suspended sentence

Rosangela Wyzykowski. Photo: Collins
Rosangela Wyzykowski. Photo: Collins

Jessica Magee

A Spanish woman who had come to Dublin to learn English was left with permanent facial scarring after she was glassed by another woman in a city centre pub, a court has heard.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the victim required surgery to remove glass from a deep wound sustained after Rosangela Wyzykowski (34) threw a large glass in her face.

Wyzykowski, of Talbot Street, Dublin, was sentenced to two years' imprisonment, which was fully suspended on condition that she comply with probation services for 12 months.

Passing sentence yesterday, Judge Patricia Ryan condemned the "sudden and violent" assault which had resulted in a very serious injury to the Spanish woman.

Judge Ryan noted that Wyzykowski had brought the sum of €10,000 to be given to the victim as a practical gesture of remorse, along with a letter of apology.

The judge said Wyzykowski, a trained physiotherapist from Brazil, thought she had thrown the contents of the glass at the victim and had not realised she had caused such an injury.

Wyzykowski, who had no previous convictions, had returned to Brazil but came back to Ireland voluntarily to face charges, the court heard.

Dancing

At a previous hearing, a prosecuting garda told Sinead McMullan BL, prosecuting, that the incident happened a number of weeks after the Spanish woman had arrived in Dublin to learn English.

The court heard the Spanish woman was dancing with friends in Dicey's bar, Harcourt Street, Dublin, when she became aware of a woman dancing near her who kept bumping into her.

The Spanish woman asked Wyzykowski twice to stop, when suddenly Wyzykowski grabbed her by the wrist and accused her of knocking over her drink.

A man stepped between the two women but Wyzykowski grabbed the victim's wrist again and reached over the man's shoulder with a large glass.

The Spanish woman felt the glass smashing on her face and began bleeding from a deep cut.

CCTV of the incident was played in court.

In a victim impact report read out previously on her behalf, the victim said she had to get financial help from her family to pay €2,600 in medical costs and that she lost almost a further €400 in missed wages.

She needed seven stitches and had been left with a permanent one-inch scar on the side of her nose, which she said makes her feel "angry and frustrated".

The court heard Wyzykowski was not currently entitled to work in her chosen profession of physiotherapy but that she was doing voluntary work in a charity shop.

A probation report deemed Wyzykowski to be at low risk of reoffending.

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