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Bridget Byrne pleaded guilty to the doorstep attack

Bridget Byrne pleaded guilty to the doorstep attack

Bridget Byrne pleaded guilty to the doorstep attack

A Dublin glamour model has been given a two-month suspended sentence for jumping on her ex-boyfriend's new partner and biting and scratching her.

Bridget Byrne (26) - who works under the name of Ava Van Rose - appeared in Dublin District Court yesterday to have her case finalised.

Garda Gerard Clifford told Judge John Cheatle that Byrne has a child with Helen Guinan's partner. There had been a row over their arrangements for the child to be collected.

Gda Clifford, of Ronanstown Garda Station, said mother-of-three Byrne, who has no prior criminal convictions, turned up at Ms Guinan's home.

Gda Clifford said that when the door was opened Byrne "jumped on Helen Guinan and put her fingers in her eyes, she was biting her and scratching her face".

A medical report was handed in and Gda Clifford agreed with the defence that the injuries were superficial and that it was a minor assault.

Byrne - who now has an address at An Luasan, Ballybrit, Co Galway but is from Clondalkin - had earlier pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Helen Guinan at a house at Wheatfield Avenue in Clondalkin, in Dublin, on October 20, 2013.

Fear

The judge noted from a victim-impact statement that Ms Guinan now lives "in constant fear" and after the assault the defendant had made threats to her. The court heard there have been ongoing issues which both women have reported to gardai.

Defence counsel Anna Bazarchina said this related to phone calls and that Byrne has not been involved in any further violence.

Pleading for leniency, she asked the judge to note that her client is remorseful and her guilty plea spared the victim from facing cross-examination.

She said a conviction could leave her client jobless, adding that Byrne is suffering from depression. A medical report was also handed in to the judge.

The judge also noted that a favourable pre-sentence report on her had been furnished and she had engaged with the Probation Service in relation to employment and training.

The model - who also starred in the short-lived reality show, Infectious - had initially indicated she would contest the case on the grounds that she acted in self defence. However, she admitted the offence.


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