Tuesday 16 July 2019

Teen kicked love rival in head and called her 'a smelly rat'

‘Vicious attack’: Charmaine Craig leaves court in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Caroline Quinn
‘Vicious attack’: Charmaine Craig leaves court in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A teenager viciously assaulted her former friend "over a relationship" with a boy, kicking and punching her to the head.

Charmaine Craig (19) attacked the woman at a Dublin supermarket, leaving her with head injuries that doctors told her "would have been way worse" if she had suffered one more blow.

A court heard it was further alleged that Craig had continued to "torment" the victim after the attack, calling her a "slut", a "smelly rat" and threatening her at one stage that she would "leave her in a bloodbath".

The case was adjourned after Blanchardstown District Court heard Craig, who pleaded guilty to assault, had not previously read the victim impact statement in which these further allegations were made.

Judge David McHugh remanded her on continuing bail to consult her lawyer, and for a pre-sentence probation report.

Craig, of Shancastle Drive, Clondalkin, Dublin, admitted assault causing harm to Nichole Griffin.

The incident happened at Supervalu, Neilstown Road, Clondalkin, on July 5, 2017.

Garda Sergeant John Paul Cushen said the victim received a number of kicks and punches to the head and body.

Defence solicitor John Shanley said Craig had said the incident happened because of "a relationship that was over".

Craig had written an apology but Ms Griffin did not accept it.

In a victim impact statement, Ms Griffin said she was "viciously attacked for no reason at all" and "my whole life was turned upside down".

"To go through such a vicious, horrific attack at 19 years old was not easy at all," she said.

Irish Independent

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