Woman who was ‘stoned and steamed’ carried out daylight Limerick attack

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Limerick Circuit Court heard a 61-year-old woman was knocked to the ground and assaulted by the defendant

Limerick Circuit Court heard a 61-year-old woman was knocked to the ground and assaulted by the defendant

A CHRONIC drug addict “furiously” kicked another lady after knocking her to the ground during a violent incident in broad daylight, Limerick court has heard. 

Mary Anne Lindsay, aged 43, of Raheen Square, Ballinacurra Weston pleaded guilty to charges of assault and robbery relating to the incident at Schoolhouse Lane, off Barrington Street on February 20, last.

Detective Garda Paul Crowley told Limerick Circuit Court a 61-year-old woman was knocked to the ground and assaulted by the defendant who approached her from behind and attempted to steal her handbag.

A number of people who were in the vicinity came to the assistance of the injured party when they were alerted to the incident which happened shortly after 3pm.

Ms Lindsay, who has more than 60 previous convictions, had consumed “sticks” and alcohol on the day and could not remember the incident following her arrest after being identified as a suspect on CCTV.

“I was stoned and steamed,” she told gardai during interview.

Barrister Brian McInerney said his client is a chronic drug user who has had a hard life and who was under the influence of an intoxicant at the time.

He said she has “no trappings of wealth whatsoever” and that she suffers from ill health.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told Ms Lindsay is “not a serious player in the criminal underworld” and that she has been engaging with various services during her time in custody since the offence.

Adjourning the matter to December 21, the judge said he needs some time to consider the matter before imposing sentence.