Thursday 22 August 2019

Woman accused of assaulting Aras Attracta residents pleads guilty

Áras Attracta
Áras Attracta

Caroline Crawford

A WOMAN accused of assaulting residents in the Aras Attracta facility in Mayo pleaded guilty to the charges today.

Joan Gill, who is one of six members of staff at the facility facing charges, pleaded guilty to three of the five charges against her on a full facts basis.

Ms Gill entered her plea this morning sitting at Swinford District Court, sitting in Ballina.

Brendan McDonagh SC told Judge Mary Devins that Ms. Gill, with an address at 35 Dublin Road, Swinford, was pleading guilty to three of five charges against her.

She will be sentenced next year. The case against five other staff members facing charges will be heard next January.

Judge Devins set aside a number of days in January to hear the cases.

Pat McLoughlin (56) of Lalibela, Mayfield, Claremorris, Co Mayo; Christina Delaney (35) of Seefinn, Lissatava, Hollymount, Co Mayo; Anna Ywunong Botsimbo (34) Low Park Avenue, Charlestown Co Mayo; Joan Walsh (42) Carrowilkeen, Curry Co Sligo and Kathleen King (56) Knockshanvally Straide, Foxford in Co Mayo all face a single charge of assault alleged to have taken place on dates between November 6 and 17 of last year.

Legal counsel for two of the accused, Ms King and Ms Delaney sought extra disclosure of documentation that is not in the possession of Gardai.

Vincent Deane, State solicitor for Mayo, Vincent Deane said the DPP would endeavour to facilitate this.

The charges relate to alleged assaults at Bungalow Three, Aras Attracta, Swinford Co Mayo which it is claimed took place on dates in November last year.

The court previously heard that the cases would involve extensive amounts of material including filings and statements, CCTV and video footage.

During proceedings, Ms Gill, dressed in a black coat, trousers and scarf, did not speak.

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