Monday 22 January 2018

Six Áras Attracta staff charged with assault

Anna Ywunong Botsimbo
Anna Ywunong Botsimbo
Pat McLoughlin
Kathleen King
Joan Walsh
Joan Gill
Christina Delaney
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

SIx staff members who worked with patients at the Áras Attracta care home in Co Mayo have been charged with assault.

The six - five women and one man - appeared before Swinford District Court sitting in Ballina.

One of the accused, Joan Gill (62) of Dublin Road, Swinford, is facing five separate charges of assault. The remaining five accused were charged with one count of assault each.

They are Pat McLoughlin (56), of Lalibela, Mayfield, Claremorris, Co Mayo; Christina Delaney (35), of Seefinn, Lissatava, Hollymount, Co Mayo; Anna Ywunong Botsimbo (34), of Low Park Avenue, Charlestown, Co Mayo; Joan Walsh (42), of Carrowilkeen, Curry, Co Sligo; and Kathleen King (56), of Knockshanvally Straide, Foxford in Co Mayo.

The charges relate to alleged assaults at Bungalow Three, Áras Attracta, Swinford, Co Mayo.

The assaults are alleged to have taken place between November 6 and 17 of last year.

Judge Mary Devins heard that Ms Gill is charged with two assaults at the residence on November 6 of last year, with a separate assault charge for alleged incidents on November, 8, 14 and 17 respectively.

Mr McLoughlin and Ms Botsimbo are charged with one assault each at the residence on November 14, 2014.

Ms Delaney, Ms Walsh and Ms King allegedly carried out an assault each on November 15 last.

All six accused attended court, rising briefly as their cases were called in turn.

Several of the accused were visibly upset.

The court heard the cases would involve extensive amounts of material including statements, CCTV and video footage. Counsel for each of the accused requested full disclosure of statements and footage.

Judge Devins put all six cases back for mention to a date in July at Swinford District Court and to fix a date thereafter.

Counsel for Ms Gill, Paul Cunney, asked Judge Devins if his client needed to be in court for the next mention of the case. She replied that the accused must attend.

Counsel for five of the accused requested that applications for legal aid be deferred to a later date.

Irish Independent

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