TWO sisters who attacked a pregnant woman after a row over a buggy space on a Dublin bus have each been given three-month suspended sentences.
Sandra Boyd (27) and her sister Nicola (24) knocked the 26-week pregnant victim to the ground, leaving her with cuts to her face and head, and bruising to her body.
Judge David McHugh described the roadside assault as "absolute thuggery".
He suspended the sentences after the sisters made a €250 donation to Crumlin Children's Hospital and wrote a letter of apology to the victim.
The defendants, both of whom are with an address at Abbotstown Drive in Finglas, admitted at Blanchardstown District Court to seriously assaulting the pregnant woman at Kildonan Road, Finglas, on August 5, 2011.
Sergeant Maria Callaghan said that the victim got onto a bus in Dublin city centre with her one-year-old child in a buggy.
Sandra Boyd was on the bus with her child in a buggy and argued with the victim.
Boyd then telephoned her sister to inform her of the confrontation.
When the bus reached Kildonan bus stop Sandra disembarked and met Nicola, who then got on the bus and attacked the victim.
Sandra helped her sister in attacking the woman, who was knocked to the ground outside.
The victim's baby was born healthy.
The sisters, who have never been in trouble before, did not realise she was pregnant.
Defence solicitor Aoife Bambury said there was an argument and "matters escalated".