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Woman was beaten with wheel brace, court hears

A YOUNG man is accused of repeatedly hitting a woman on the back of the head with a wheel brace when he followed her and her friends home after an argument at a filling station.

Arran Carpenter (22) allegedly left the victim with a wound on the back of the head that needed three staples.

He is also accused of reversing his car and driving at the victim during an earlier incident at a petrol station, during which she mounted the bonnet.

Judge David McHugh refused jurisdiction of the charges and adjourned the matter to a date in July for the service of the book of evidence.



The accused, of The Park, Wolstan Haven in Celbridge, Co Kildare, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with two counts of assault and one of serious assault.

The alleged incidents took place at the Applegreen service station and at Oakley Gardens, both in Celbridge, last October 21.

The court heard the DPP had directed summary disposal of the matter in the district court.

Outlining the allegation, Garda Sergeant Stephen Nalty claimed that two women were getting cigarettes at the Applegreen station around 3.30am last October 21 when Carpenter arrived in a black Ford Mondeo.

Sgt Nalty alleged there was an argument between the three and Carpenter struck one of the women on the head.

It is alleged that he then got into his car, reversed it and drove at the second victim. Sgt Nalty said the woman mounted the bonnet of the car and then slid to the ground. She did not suffer any injuries.



The sergeant claimed that Carpenter followed the women and a third person back to Oakley Gardens.

Sgt Nalty said that Carpenter got out of his car armed with a wheel brace and struck one of the women on the back of the head a number of times.

The court heard that the woman was taken to hospital for treatment, and she needed three staples in her head.

A medical report detailing the woman's alleged injuries was handed into court.

Judge McHugh said he was refusing jurisdiction as he believed the matter was too serious for the district court.

The allegations will now be sent forward to the circuit court, where the penalties are potentially more severe.