Slapped face in
defence of partner

A Portlaoise woman who assaulted another woman on Main Street, Portlaoise after a night out was ordered to bring compensation for her victim to court on the next occassion.

A Portlaoise woman who assaulted another woman on Main Street, Portlaoise after a night out was ordered to bring compensation for her victim to court on the next occassion.

The court heard that Amy O’Shea, 61 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise had slapped her victim across the face, leaving her with a bruised face for a couple of days on October 13, last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly told the court that there was a number of other assaults and altercations taking place at the same time.

Defending solicitor, Josephine Fitzpatrick said O’Shea had a limited recollection of what had happened but thought she was defending her partner who was involved in another altercation at the time.

“There was an altercation between her partner and other people. She became involved and misinterpreted what was going on. She thought she was defending her partner when she sought out this other lady.”

Ms Fitzpatrick said the 22-year-old, who has a three-year-old son, had gone out that night but had far too much to drink.

“She had a limited recollection of what happened but remembered behaving inappropirately at the Garda Station.”

The court heard O’Shea had 25 previous convictions, mostly for theft but she had previously been convicted of assault in the UK where she had been electronically tagged for a period and had to observe a curfew.

Ms Fitzpatrick acknowledged the seriousness of the charge and that her client was at risk of being sent to prison.

She said O’Shea had moved to England after her sister died four years ago.

The defending solicitor said there was no drugs issues in this case, but there was some learning issues which were only diagnosed when O’Shea was 17.

Judge Staines asked for a victim impact statement for November 7 and told O’Shea to address the issue of compensation on that day.