Court orders young woman charged with assaulting man, to stay out of parts of Limerick

Courtney Murphy, age 18 with an Address, New Road Thomondgate, outside Limerick District Court today after she was charged with assault causing harm to a Man last Friday Night Picture Brendan Gleeson

A young woman has been granted bail after being charged in connection with assaulting a man who is in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a severe head injury.

Courtney Murphy, (18), with an address at New Road, Thomondgate, Limerick, appeared before Limerick District Court today, Monday.

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She was arrested last Saturday in connection with a garda investigation into an alleged assault on a man who sustained a serious head injury.

The man was discovered in Westfield Park, Limerick, around 10pm, last Friday night, and he was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.

He was later transferred to Cork University Hospital for surgery.

Today, Ms Murphy was before Judge Patricia Harney, charged with one count of assault causing harm to Alan McCarthy, 30s, at Westfield Wetlands, Condell Road, Limerick, on September 17th.

Garda Damian Belton, Mayorstone Garda Station, gave evidence of arrest, charge, and caution.

Garda Belton told the court Ms Murphy “made no reply” after he read the charge to her.

He said he arrested the 18-year old accused at 9.38pm last Saturday and charged her this Monday morning at Henry Street Garda Station.

Prosecuting Sergeant, Sean Murray, told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions was awaiting a file from investigating gardai.

Sergeant Murray said the garda investigation file was likely to include “a lot of medical evidence”.

Gardai did not oppose bail subject to the court ordering the accused to abide by a number of strict conditions.

Ms Murphy agreed to adhere to all conditions, including that, she refrain from making any contact the injured party or any other witnesses.

Judge Harney said this extended to “social media platforms” as well as “email”.

The judge warned the accused that any breach of these conditions would result in bail being revoked.

Ms Murphy was also ordered to stay away from the Condell Road, Ennis Road, and North Circular Road.

She must remain alcohol and drug free in public, notify gardai of any change in her home address, not apply for any type of travel documents, sign on daily at Henry Street Garda Station, provide a mobile number to gardai and be available at all times at this telephone number.

Ms Murphy also agreed to obey a daily curfew of between 9pm and 7am.

The accused did not speak during the court hearing. She was granted free legal aid and remanded on bail for DPP directions on January 26, 2022.

Ms Murphy was hugged by loved ones outside the court after taking up bail of her own bond of €100, which she did not have to lodge.