Limerick woman assaulted sister on street following row outside store

Judge Marian O’Leary adjourned the matter to March 16

Judge Marian O’Leary adjourned the matter to March 16

A LIMERICK woman has admitted assaulting her sister during an altercation outside a department store in the city centre.

Kerry Martin, aged 29, who has an address at Monabraher Road, Ballynanty pleaded guilty to an offence under the provisions of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act relating to an incident on February 14, 2017.

After the defendant indicated her plea, Sergeant Donal Cronin told Limerick District Court the assault happened at O’Connell Street a short time after a verbal altercation had taken place between the sisters outside Penneys.

“Relations between them were not at an optimum at the time,” he said adding that Kerry Martin had followed her sister for a short distance after encountering her.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told Ms Martin’s sister, Tracey, was not injured as a result of the incident and that she did not require any medical treatment.

A number of independent witnesses were spoken to as part of the garda investigation and CCTV footage from the area was also obtained.

When questioned about the incident, the defendant, who has no previous convictions, made “forthright admissions”.

Having noted Ms Martin’s guilty plea and the facts of the case, Judge O’Leary adjourned the matter for sentence to March 16, next.

In the meantime, gardai are to canvass the injured party to establish if she wishes to prepare a victim impact statement for the court.

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