Sunday 18 March 2018

Friends attacked fellow clubber after she called them 'big and fat'

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Eimear Cotter

Two women punched and kicked another nightclubber and pulled out chunks of her hair after she allegedly made disparaging remarks about their relationships.

Danielle Seery (40) and Rachel Blemings (31) snapped when the injured woman called them "c**ts" as well as "big and fat".

She is also alleged to have told Seery that her partner should not have turned her down when he had the chance.

Judge Patricia McNamara ordered the defendants to complete restorative justice programmes and adjourned sentencing to October.

Seery, of Deerpark Downs, and Blemings, of Carrigmore Oaks, both in Tallaght, admitted to seriously assaulting another woman at the Plaza Hotel in Tallaght on April 9 last year.

Garda Ross McAnaspie told Tallaght District Court he was called to the hotel's nightclub shortly after 4am.

Gda McAnaspie said the victim was visibly upset and had marks on her face and body. She was also bleeding.

The woman alleged she had been kicked and punched by the defendants, who had also pulled out clumps of her hair.


Gda McAnaspie said the victim claimed the assault was unprovoked and she gave him the names of her assailants.

He said the victim attended hospital but did not suffer any serious injuries.

The court heard all three women had been drinking and there had been a verbal altercation in the nightclub prior to the assault.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy claimed the victim made very abusive statements that touched on the relationships of the defendants.

Mr Hennessy claimed the victim called Seery a "c**t" and that she was "big and fat".

The solicitor also alleged the victim told Seery that her "fella shouldn't have turned her down".

Mr Hennessy said these comments brought up a lot of emotions for mum-of-three Seery and she snapped.

He said she wished to apologise for her behaviour.

In relation to Blemings, defence solicitor John O'Leary said she had never been in trouble before and the mother of one is "totally embarrassed" at being before the court.

He said Blemings did not know the victim, though the court heard Seery knew the woman as their children had gone to the same creche.

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