Woman jailed for unprovoked attack with broken bottle
A FEMALE attacker who left her victim with permanent scarring after she slashed her face and breast with a broken bottle was jailed for two years yesterday.
Ciara Carney (19), of Earlsfort Gardens, Lucan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing serious harm to Dena Jones on July 4, 2009.
Judge Donagh McDonagh said Ms Jones had been left with "horrendous" and "probably permanent scars" in what he described as an "unprovoked attack".
"Ms Jones was minding her own business and had actually got off the pavement to let this other bunch through," Judge McDonagh said. The judge added that the attack had "very, very serious" affects on the victim, leaving psychological as well as physical scars. It had also impacted on her job, her social life and relationships, noted the judge. He accepted that Carney had come from a troubled background and said that describing her family as "dysfunctional was probably being charitable".
Judge McDonagh said there was nothing to indicate Carney posed a "threat to society in the future" and noted that she had started drinking at 13 and abusing cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy by the time she was 14.
He said that the seriousness of the offence itself was at the "upper end" and deserved a six-year sentence. Judge McDonagh also noted that Carney had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and had received treatment for that condition.
Judge McDonagh imposed a four-year sentence with the final two years suspended on condition that Carney keep the peace and be of good behaviour for five years upon her release from prison.
Garda Rory O'Sullivan told James Dwyer, prosecuting, that the victim was walking with friends along Newcastle Road, Lucan, on the night of the assault when four girls approached them. Ms Jones told gardai that all she remembered was "one of them came over to me and struck me over the head".
"It felt like a punch at the start but then I was bleeding all over and realised it was a bottle she attacked me with," Ms Jones said in her statement.
After Carney was arrested she admitted breaking the bottle over Ms Jones, saying: "I don't know how I caused it. I was drunk really and I have a problem with drink."
Marie Torrens, defending, said: "The defendant has a chaotic background. She was only 17 at the time she attacked her victim and she acknowledges she has a difficulty with alcohol."