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Woman 'fixated' on door lock struck man


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AN AUTISTIC young woman who became fixated on a door lock attacked a man with a screwdriver when he tried to stop her from breaking it, a court heard.

Nguyen Ngoc Mei (26) left the man with a one-and-a-half-inch laceration to his forearm following the assault.

Judge Ann Ryan applied the Probation Act.

The defendant, of Drumfinn Park, Ballyfermot, admitted before Dublin District Court to seriously assaulting a man at Drumfinn Avenue, Ballyfermot, on June 6, 2012.

Gda Geoffrey Dowling said that Mei attacked the victim with a screwdriver, striking him on the forearm and leaving him with the laceration.

Gda Dowling said the victim received medical treatment at St James' Hospital and has since made a full recovery.

The court heard the defendant had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins said Mei became fixated on a door lock and was anxious for it to be broken.

Mr O'Higgins said she tried to break the lock, and the victim, who was unaware of her medical condition, intervened.

The court heard there was some pushing and shoving and Mei turned and accidentally struck the victim.

Mr O'Higgins said the two did not know each other, and the victim was not the owner of the building.

The solicitor said Mei has lived in Ireland for five or six years. He said she was married and had a child.

He added that Mei has been diagnosed with autism, and in this incident she became fixated with a door lock.

He said the defendant's parents have doctorates in mathematics, but her mother is now caring for Mei and is no longer lecturing.

Mr O'Higgins also said Mei admitted to the assault and cooperated fully with gardai and is now receiving the medical help and support she needs.