Mother attacked outside Limerick school, court hears

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Judge Mary Larkin has called for a victim impact report
A WOMAN who was collecting her child outside a school in the city was “viciously assaulted”, arising from a dispute with another woman on Facebook.

A WOMAN who was collecting her child outside a school in the city was “viciously assaulted”, arising from a dispute with another woman on Facebook.

Limerick District Court heard that Ciara McCarthy was profusely bleeding outside Our Lady Queen of Peace school in Janesboro after she was assaulted on December 12, 2013.

Lisa Casey, 27, also referred to as Lisa McCarthy, of Mount Kennett apartments, was charged with assault causing harm. Her husband Jonathan McCarthy, 27, who was charged with one public order offence, was goading her on, saying ‘Hit her, hit her, go on’ after they parked at the school gates, the court was told.

He was charged with use of threatening and abusive behaviour or language with an intention to provoke a breach of the peace.

Inspector Dermot O’Connor, Henry Street station, outlined that Lisa approached Ciara and “began to hit her violently around the head”.

She suffered puncture wounds to her head, ear, including inside the ear and back of her ear, and forehead. He told the court she was bleeding profusely when she arrived at the station with her child and was immediately taken to hospital.

A complaint was taken from her and the defendant was arrested the next day.

Lisa claimed that it was Ciara who first attacked her. Ciara is a cousin of Jonathon’s and a friend of his previous girlfriend. Gardai believe that some instrument was used in the assault given the nature of the wounds inflicted but could not establish what it was. Solicitor Sarah Ryan said there was a background of incidents to this case, including “goading each other on Facebook” and said it had taken some time to bring the case to court.

“I don’t care about the comments,” said Judge Larkin. “She attacked the woman and left her bleeding,” she said, calling for a victim impact statement to be produced.

She added that she wants the women to sit down with one another, and plans to refer it to the Probation Service for a pre-sanction restorative justice report. Compensation for the victim should also be considered, she added.

“It’s a terrible experience for any child and I don’t event want to say what I think about that,” she added. A medical report was also presented to Judge Mary Larkin.

It will come back before the court on Tuesday, December 8.