Woman got black eye at New Year’s Day party

A New Year’s Day house party in Portarlington ended in a woman being assaulted and left with bruises and a black eye, over remarks made about another woman’s partner.

A New Year’s Day house party in Portarlington ended in a woman being assaulted and left with bruises and a black eye, over remarks made about another woman’s partner.

Before last week’s district court in Portlaoise was Mary Duff, with an address listed at 64 Kilmalogue Lawns, Portarlington.

She was charged with assault at Kilmalogue Lawns, Portarlington, on January 2 this year.

Inspector Declan Dunne gave evidence that gardaí were called to a house in Kilmalogue Lawns at 4am, responding to a call that the owner of the house had attempted to remove someone from the premises.

Insp Dunne said that Duff had assaulted another woman, following a dispute over Duff’s partner.

The injured party was left with a black eye, and bruising to her face, arms and legs.

Duff has two previous convictions, for drugs offences.

Defence for Duff was Mr Philip Meagher.

Mr Meagher explained that the incident had occurred on New Year’s Day, going into January 2. The previous year, Duff’s partner had died in tragic circumstances and Duff, who is the mother of five children, had taken his passing very seriously.

Defence went on to say that Duff had not been out socially since that tragedy, but on New Year’s Day she was “reluctantly forced out” by friends. She went out at 10pm and later went back to a house party.

Mr Meagher admitted that she had been intoxicated, although so had everyone else at the party.

A comment was made about her deceased partner, which she took badly.

Judge Catherine Staines inquired whether Duff had any compensation to offer.

Mr Meagher replied that she is on social welfare and has five children.

Judge Staines ordered Duff to write a letter of apology to the injured party. The matter was put back to March 27, 2014, for a victim impact statement, and a probation report on Duff.