Friday 19 July 2019

Thompson pleads guilty to assaulting second woman at night club

North Cork woman, three time All-Ireland medal winner and former Cork camogie captain Ashling Thompson (28) has pleaded guilty to a second assault of a young woman in a night club in Cork last year.

Thompson pleaded guilty on Tuesday to assaulting Aoife O'Flaherty at Secret Garden at Rearden's on Washington Street in Cork on February 25, 2018 contrary to Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act.

Last month, Thompson of Shinnagh, Newtwoshandrum, Charleville, pleaded guilty to another assault on the same night when she admitted assaulting Jennifer Coakley also at the Secret Garden at Rearden's on Washington Street.

Thompson's solicitor, Eddie Burke, confirmed on Tuesday at Cork District Court that his client was pleading guilty to the assault of Ms O'Flaherty, who wasn't in court but had provided a Victim Impact Statement for the court.

Mr Burke said his client wanted to finalise the matter on the day (Tuesday) and said that she had no previous convictions but Judge John King noted that Thompson had pleaded guilty last month to the assault on Ms Coakley.

Mr Burke confirmed to Judge King that Ms Coakley had given a Victim Impact Statement orally last month to his colleague, Judge Con O'Leary, and he did not have a written version of the statement to give to the court.

Judge King said he believed the assault on Ms O'Flaherty could not be dealt with in isolation but should be dealt with together with the assault on Ms Coakley where his colleague had heard the details of the impact of that assault.

"I don't have sufficient detail in relation to the assault on Ms Coakley and I believe that the two cases have to be dealt with together - I can't deal with one in isolation," said Judge King,

He noted that Judge O'Leary will be back sitting at Cork District Court next week and he adjourned both cases against Thompson until June 25th for sentence when Judge O'Leary will deal with both offences.

Thompson, who captained Cork to win the O'Duffy Cup in 2015, has also won two All-Star awards while she also has three All-Ireland club medals won with her local club in North Cork, Milford.