Latvian woman was attacked by young girl in Limerick city centre

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse, Merchant's Quay
A LATVIAN woman sustained serious facial injuries after a thirteen year old girl threw a piece of glass at her as she walked home from work near the city centre.

A LATVIAN woman sustained serious facial injuries after a thirteen year old girl threw a piece of glass at her as she walked home from work near the city centre.

Limerick Circuit Court heard the girl, who is now aged 16, was one of a number of young girls who racially taunted the woman and her daughter as they were walking in the John Street area at around 6.30pm on March 2, 2010.

Garda Anne Marie O’Shea, Henry Street, said the injured party received 14 stitches above her left eye and that she has a permanent scar as a result of the unprovoked attack.

Garda O’Shea said the 47-year-old had lost her job as a result of the incident and she told the court she is stil nervous when out and about.

The woman was not present in court for the sentencing hearing.

The court was told the culprit, who had taken drink and drugs on the date of the offence, was identified on CCTV from a nearby shop.

John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, said the defendant had six previous convictions and he said: “It could have been much worse, it could have been tragic.”

Mark Nicholas BL said the incident was a disgrace and should not have happened.

However he questioned the role of his client’s parents in controlling her.

“Children should be in by a certain time at night. They should not be allowed to run wild and they certainly should not be drinking and takeing drugs,” he said.

Judge Carroll Moran said it was a “very serious offence” and he said the appropriate sentence for an adult is three years imprisonment.

However, he adjourned the matter until October, 2 next to facilitate the completion of a probation report.

“Let’s see how she gets on,” he said.