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Woman 'hit girl (16) with a beer can', court hears

A DUBLIN woman struck a schoolgirl in the face with a can of beer, bursting her lips when the teenager tried to follow a man who stole her mobile phone, it is alleged.

Linda Wall (34) is accused of punching the victim (16) in the face before twice hitting her with the full can and injuring her in a city centre attack.

She is charged with a serious assault and had been granted bail but had this revoked at Dublin District Court.

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded her in custody pending a non-jury trial on the assault charge after the prosecuting garda said she had been in breach of her bail conditions.

Ms Wall, with an address at Camden Hall Hostel, Camden Street has pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to the girl at St Stephen's Green Park on September 8, 2012.

A date for the trial has already been set for later this month, but Garda Dara Kenny of Pearse Street Station made an application to revoke bail.

It is alleged the defendant stood between the girl and a man who had stolen her phone. The court heard Ms Wall hit the girl once in the face, then hit her twice more in the mouth with a full can of beer, causing her lips to burst and bleed.

When she was granted bail, conditions had been set requiring her to have no contact with the alleged victim, live at Bentley House in Dun Laoghaire, sign on daily at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station and observe a curfew.

Garda Kenny said the defendant had not signed on since last November, had changed address to Cromwell Lodge, Mount Brown without notifying gardai and was found in breach of her curfew twice. He said he feared the accused would not appear if she remained on bail.

Defence Solicitor Jenny McGeever said as Ms Wall is waiting for housing and living in a hostel she could find herself being moved at short notice subject to availability.

When Garda Kenny was asked if it was easy to find the defendant, the garda said he had to do "a certain amount of digging".

aphelan@herald.ie


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