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Teen charged over librarian carjack attack


Winnie Joyce

Winnie Joyce

Winnie Joyce

A YOUNG woman has been charged in connection with a car hijacking during which a 59-year-old woman received a serious head injury just after she arrived at her home in Sandymount.

Librarian Elizabeth Turley was knocked unconscious after she got out of her Ford Focus to key in a code to security gates at her apartment building last April 21. Her car was stolen but was recovered a day later.

Ms Turley recovered from her injuries, and yesterday a Dublin woman was charged with taking part in the incident.

Winnie Joyce (19), from Darley Terrace, Dublin 8, is charged with unlawfully travelling as a passenger in a car knowing it was stolen, at Herbert Green, Sandymount, last April 21.

She also faces a connected charge for theft of €90, a phone worth €100 and make-up, which belonged to Ms Turley.

Gda Bryan Hunt told Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court that Ms Joyce was arrested yesterday morning at Ormond Quay.

After she was charged she replied "they know the story", and there was no objection to bail.

The DPP has decided the case should be dealt with summarily in the District Court.

Gda Hunt said it was alleged that at 1.45pm last April 21, "the injured party got out of her car and was entering the apartment code into the gate".

"A male and a female jumped in the car," he said, adding that the woman was pushed to the ground by a man and she "received serious head injuries".


Ms Joyce was ordered to stay out of the Dublin 4 area, reside at her current address and notify gardai if there is a change of residence.

She will appear again in four weeks to enter a plea.

It is understood that a man who was questioned in connection with the incident has since died.