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Woman bit garda and hit worker with can, court told

By Andrew Phelan

A DUBLIN woman accused of shoplifting a bottle of wine, attacked and injured a female staff member with a gas can, then bit into an investigating garda's hand, it is alleged.

Carol Rooney (27) is accused of striking the Marks & Spencer employee over the head with the can and biting the garda, leaving both bleeding from their wounds. Dublin District Court heard the garda was still awaiting the outcome of blood tests.

Judge Cormac Dunne adjourned the case for full medical details in relation to both alleged victims after Ms Rooney was charged with seriously assaulting them.

Ms Rooney, with an address at Orchid House, James's Street, is charged with assault causing harm to a female member of staff and stealing a bottle of wine at Marks & Spencer, Liffey Street.


She is also charged with assaulting Garda Eamon Gillespie, causing him harm in the same incident, on June 12 last.

The charges are under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person and Theft and Fraud Acts. A State Solicitor said the DPP was consenting to the case being dealt with at District Court level.

The court heard it was alleged that the accused stole a bottle of wine worth €7 and was seen and detained by staff in the store.

She became abusive, attempting to bite and spitting at staff, it was alleged. The prosecution would say she struck one of them over the head with a small can of lighter gas.

The 28-year-old woman suffered a cut to the head which she was bleeding from when gardai arrived. It was further alleged that Ms Rooney bit Garda Gillespie's left hand, piercing the skin and causing it to bleed.

He was off sick for six weeks as a result and the accused had volunteered to provide a blood sample. The State Solicitor said the last available information he had was that test results were still being awaited.

The judge adjourned the case to November 22.