Tuesday 16 January 2018

Woman (58) 'pulled veil off 17-year-old's face and roared abuse at her in attack on city street'

The girl was coming home from school on South Richmond Street when the alleged attack occurred
The girl was coming home from school on South Richmond Street when the alleged attack occurred

Andrew Phelan

A Dublin woman pulled a Muslim schoolgirl's veil from her face and slapped her glasses off as she roared abuse at her in an attack on a city street, it has been alleged.

Majella Flynn (58) is accused of assaulting the 17-year-old student after shouting in her face as she walked home from school in the south city centre.

The girl suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder following the alleged attack, a court heard.

The case against Ms Flynn was adjourned for more medical evidence on the alleged victim to be presented.

Ms Flynn, of South Richmond Street, Portobello, is charged with assault causing harm to the girl on May 24.

Outlining the prosecution's case, Garda Sergeant Niall Murphy told Dublin District Court the girl was coming home from school on South Richmond Street when Ms Flynn began shouting abuse into her face.

It was alleged the accused slapped the girl in the face, which knocked her glasses off, and pulled off a veil she was wearing at the time.

The glasses were knocked out into traffic on the street and were never recovered.

The court heard the alleged victim suffered from an inflamed temple and was anxious afterwards, aggravating an existing condition.

A medical report was presented to the court.

Judge Grainne O'Neill remarked that the report referred to post-traumatic stress disorder and "it's a very recent report so obviously that hasn't abated yet".

Ms Flynn's solicitor said perhaps the doctor in question was being "hyper-vigilant" and it may be that some of the issues in the report "may subside".

Judge O'Neill said she understood there may be some underlying issues but she still wanted to see what was referable to "previous issues" and what could be put down to the assault.

She asked for a further report to "shed some light" on this before jurisdiction to determine the court venue for the case can be considered.

The accused's solicitor said there would also be a forensic psychiatry team report in relation to Ms Flynn.

Judge O'Neill noted there "may be some issues in relation to fitness" and adjourned the case to a date in November.

Ms Flynn has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charge.


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