Drunken assault is a “slippery slope” says judge

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Kilmallock Court

A WOMAN who landed in court after a drink-fuelled row in which she assaulted a teenager is “extremely contrite”, her solicitor told a judge. The judge warned her that she is “on a slippery slope” in terms of criminal convictions

Before Kilmallock District Court was Mary Murphy (37) of Emmet Street, Kilmallock, who pleaded guilty to a charge of assault on a minor.

Judge Patricia Harney was told that the accused had consumed “a large quantity of alcohol” before a family row erupted at the Emmet Street address.

The judge heard that she “grabbed the girl by her hair” and the girl suffered injuries to her arm and knuckles but did not want to make a statement about her injuries in court.

Inspector Gearoid Thompson told Judge Harney that Ms Murphy had a number of previous convictions for assault, public order, and trespass.

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Her siblings, who were present at the time, were very upset by the incident, Inspector Thompson said.

Ms Murphy’s solicitor told the court his client was co-operative with the gardaí and is “very contrite and has apologised to the girl and to her siblings for the injuries and upset caused”.

In view of her apology and the fact that the victim did not want to make a statement in court about her injuries, Judge Harney imposed a fine of €100.