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Pair guilty of knifing journalist in the face

A couple have been convicted of slashing a journalist's face before robbing her as she lay on the ground.

Ruth Barry (33), of Caledon Road, Eastwall, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to production of a blade, robbery and recklessly serious causing harm to Jennifer Bray, a freelance reporter, and assaulting Neil Callanan.

Barry's boyfriend, Jonathan O'Brien (31), of Upper Dominick Street, had pleaded not guilty to causing serious harm to the woman and production of a knife in O'Connell Street on June 25, 2010.

Ms Bray was left with a large permanent scar after the attack. The jury took four hours to find the pair guilty on six of the charges. They returned a not guilty verdict on O'Brien's charge of producing a knife after having been directed to do so by the judge.

The pair were remanded on bail for sentencing next month.