Female jogger ‘kicked in the head’ by young mum in unprovoked Limerick assault

Fintan Walsh


Fintan Walsh

The young mother appeared before Judge Marian O’Leary at Limerick District Court

The young mother appeared before Judge Marian O’Leary at Limerick District Court

A YOUNG mother expressed “disgust” over an “unprovoked” assault in which she kicked a jogger “in the head on the ground”, Limerick District Court has heard.

Kayleigh Taylor, 22, of Charlotte’s Quay, appeared before Judge Marian O’Leary on October 31, charged with assault under Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Insp Helen Costelloe told the judge that a woman suffered bruises and scratches in an “unprovoked attack” while jogging on Thomond Bridge on the evening of July 19, 2017.

The court heard that Ms Taylor, who has three previous convictions, was “quite intoxicated on the night”. A medical report and victim impact statement, which was not read in court, was handed to the judge.

The court heard the injured party was jogging past the defendant when she “saw the defendant make a motion” and thought she was “looking for a lighter” before being “set upon”.  Solicitor John Herbert said his client has been on antidepressants and mood stabilisers since she was 13 and is the mother of a young daughter. 

He told the court that she began to drink after stopping her medication, and that she was in possession of a naggin of vodka at the time of the incident. Mr Herbert said that Ms Taylor “expressed her disgust and sorrow to the gardai” after viewing CCTV footage of the incident.

He said that “she hasn’t touched alcohol since”. Judge O’Leary said: “Could it have been more serious? Kicking somebody in the head on the ground? I don’t think I have ever seen a more generous impact statement.”

The judge ordered a pre-sanctioned probation report and a garda progress report, adjourning the matter to January 16, 2019.