Wednesday 21 March 2018

Woman dies after bang to head in chipper row

Demi Black with a photo of her tragic aunt, Phyllis Black
Demi Black with a photo of her tragic aunt, Phyllis Black

Luke Byrne and Tom Brady

A RETIRED care worker died hours after she was pushed to the ground outside a city centre takeaway during an argument.

Phyllis Black (51) was found in her apartment at Liberty House, Dublin, on Sunday evening, almost 14 hours after she had returned from hospital where she was treated for head injuries.

Gardai said last night they were investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the incident at the Black and White takeaway at Parnell Street.

Ms Black had been with her sister, Emily, and friends at Brannigans pub on Cathedral Street for a night out on Saturday and then went on to the local chip shop.

Investigating officers said there appeared to have been an exchange of words between two groups outside the premises.

"It looks at this stage as if Ms Black received a push backwards and fell on to the street, banging her head, but we have not yet completed all of our inquiries", one said.

Last night Ms Black's family urged those involved in the assault on her to contact gardai.

"If whoever did this has any conscience, they should come forward", her sister, Emily (54) told the Irish Independent yesterday.

Emily said that two men and two women began shouting abuse and started throwing chips at them.

She said she shouted back and the situation escalated.

Emily said she was also assaulted in the exchange and she struck out in her defence. But she said that the incident was unprovoked.

An off duty nurse treated Ms Black at the scene and called an ambulance.

Ms Black left the Mater Hospital at around 5am on Sunday and returned to her apartment where she went straight to bed.

The family made a number of attempts to contact her later during the day.

However, they knew that something was wrong when she failed to respond.

Her body was found in the bedroom by her brother on Sunday evening.

"She was a wonderful woman, she had a very kind heart and she was very good," Emily said yesterday.

The two men and two women involved in the incident were said to be in their mid-20.


Emily said that she was certain that they were not from the local area, where her family have lived for years.

Gardai are continuing to investigate and sealed off the area around the takeaway yesterday.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Store Street garda station on 01-666 8000, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any garda station.

Ms Black, who was from Dublin's inner city, was from a large family and had eight sisters and four brothers.

She had fought breast cancer for a number of years and this had forced her to retire from her job as a care worker.

Irish Independent

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