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Woman's nose split by glass in pub rage

A YOUNG hairdresser slashed another woman's nose with a glass when she flung it across a crowded pub in a rage.

Carol Keogh (26) hit the victim accidentally when she threw the glass at a group of people who were "calling her names" during a disturbance at a pub in north Dublin.

A judge told her he would consider leaving her without a conviction if she paid €750 in compensation, after hearing the assault was out of character and followed a night when she had been drinking both vodka and wine.

Keogh, a mother-of-one of Gortbeg Avenue, Finglas South, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to assault causing harm to Elaine Sheridan.

The incident happened at the Full Shilling Pub in Finglas Village on July 13, 2008.

Garda Ciara O'Sullivan said the accused had co-operated with gardai following the incident, and had not come to their attention before or since.

Ms Sheridan had required stitches to the bridge of her nose after she was struck.

Defence Barrister Aoife O'Leary told the court in mitigation that Keogh had been upset at the time because someone she knew had taken their own life the week before.

On the night of the incident, a man she knew was being removed from the pub and a group of people began calling her names.

"She had the glass in her hand and she made the split-second decision to throw the glass," Ms O'Leary explained. "It hit this lady who was in the bar. She is quite shocked by what occurred."

The court heard the incident was completely out of character for the accused, who had no previous convictions.

Keogh had worked all her working life as a hairdresser but was unemployed at the moment because of the current economic climate.



Seriously

She had been in Australia for some time and found there was no work for her when she returned.

She was now the mother of a one-year-old child.

"She is taking the matter very seriously. She is very concerned and hopeful that the court might not convict her. A conviction would have a detrimental effect on her future work prospects and if she wishes to travel," Ms O'Leary said.

Keogh had brought €500 in compensation to court. Judge William Earley said he would dismiss the charge under the Probation of Offenders Act if the accused brought €750 to court, and adjourned the case to a date in July.

aphelan@herald.ie


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