Friday 15 December 2017

Unprovoked attack on teen left her with permanent hearing damage, court hears

Conor Gallagher

A teenage girl attacked another girl in an unprovoked assault leaving her with permanent hearing damage, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Grace Tormey was 17 when she kicked Georgina Power in the head. Ms Power, who was also 17, suffered severe bruising and now has permanent tinnitus in her ear.

She did poorly in her Leaving Certificate as a result of the assault and was forced to repeat the next year.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring remanded Tormey on continuing bail until sentencing next March. She also ordered an updated probation report for that date.

Tormey (20) of Parnell Street, Sallynoggin, Dun Laoghaire, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Ms Power at West Pier, Dun Laoghaire on March 17, 2011. She has six previous convictions including assault.

Prosecuting counsel Pieter Le Vert BL presented evidence that Ms Power and her friend were walking on the beach and had entered into a scrap yard area where they met some other teens.

They decided they didn’t feel comfortable and were leaving the area when they saw Tormey and another girl going to the toilet. These girls started shouting at Ms Power and her friend.

One of the attackers then grabbed the victim’s head and tried to force it into a wall before forcing Ms Power to the ground during a struggle.

Tormey then intervened and started kicking Ms Power in the head.

After the attack Ms Power’s friend brought her home. The victim later went to hospital with severe bruising and headaches. She had a loud tinnitus in one of her ears which has failed to resolve itself.

Defence counsel Marie Torrens BL said Tormey has been “utterly out of control” since the death of her brother. Counsel said she is now trying to get her life in order and wants to apologise to her victim.

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