Friday 20 April 2018

Woman hit friend in face with pint glass, court told

Niamh Kelly is charged with assaulting her friend in a pub
Niamh Kelly is charged with assaulting her friend in a pub

Eimear Cotter

This is the young woman accused of hitting her friend's face with a "three-quarters-full pint of cider" during an alleged pub assault.

Niamh Kelly (24) allegedly left her female friend with a swollen eye following the assault.

A court heard that the alleged attack was caught on CCTV.

Judge David McHugh  ordered the disclosure of statements and CCTV footage to the accused’s solicitor.

Judge McHugh remanded Ms Kelly on continuing bail to appear before Blanchardstown District Court again in four weeks.

The accused, with an address at The Bungalows, St Patrick’s Park in Celbridge, Co Kildare, is charged with seriously assaulting Alex Maycock.

The assault, contrary to the non-fatal offences against the person act, allegedly took place at Castletown Inn, Main Street in Celbridge on August 27 last.

The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court, where the penalties upon conviction are less severe than in the Circuit Court.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Sgt Mary Doherty said the injured party and Ms Kelly were friends and had been socialising together in the pub.


Sgt Doherty said it will be alleged that Ms Kelly hit Ms Maycock with a three-quarters -full pint of cider.

The sergeant claimed the pint glass hit Ms Maycock in the face, causing swelling to her right eye.

Judge McHugh accepted  jurisdiction of the charge, meaning the matter will remain in the District Court.

The court heard that Ms Kelly is working and defence solicitor Valerie Buckley was assigned on free legal aid.

Ms Kelly has not yet indicated a plea to the charge.

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