Tuesday 24 October 2017

Retail worker avoids jail for glassing woman in nightclub, leaving her with 'permanent disfigurement'

Danielle Macken struck victim with glass, causing facial injuries
Danielle Macken struck victim with glass, causing facial injuries

Andrew Phelan

A mother-of-one who struck another woman in the face with a glass in a bar, leaving her with a ‘permanent disfigurement’, has been given a three-month suspended sentence.

Danielle Macken (26) had been out socialising with her boyfriend when she “reacted to something that was said to her” and hit the victim, a court heard.

Judge Grainne O’Neill suspended the sentence for a year after the accused paid €1,000 in compensation.

Macken, of Edenmore Avenue, Coolock, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened at Arc Bar, Liffey Valley, Clondalkin in January 2015.

There had been a “build-up” during the night with several conversations between Macken and the victim, her solicitor Simon Fleming said.

The accused had been with her boyfriend and a number of people and “the injured party approached Ms Macken on a number of occasions”, Mr Fleming said.

The accused, a retail worker with no prior convictions, “wouldn’t be someone who is overly familiar with drinking alcohol”, he said.

“It was a reaction to something that was said or happened, she is not proud of it,” Mr Fleming added.

She had done everything she could since to make amends.

Judge O’Neill refused to leave Macken without a conviction.

“She took a glass to somebody in a nightclub and left them with permanent disfigurement,” she said.

Judge O’Neill noted that there was “no animus” between the parties but added that “no explanation appears to have been offered for her behaviour”.


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