Punched, bitten and hair pulled

A Portarlington woman who allegedly assaulted another woman by punching her in the face, pulling out her hair and biting her on the ear appeared before last week’s sitting of the district court in Portlaoise.

A Portarlington woman who allegedly assaulted another woman by punching her in the face, pulling out her hair and biting her on the ear appeared before last week’s sitting of the district court in Portlaoise.

Before the court was Lisa O’Sullivan, with an address listed at 51 Crann Nua, Edenderry Road, Portarlington.

She was charged with assault causing harm at Spa Street, Portarlington, on March 25 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that it was alleged O’Sullivan was driving on the day when she stopped her car and approached the injured party, who was walking along on foot.

O’Sullivan allegedly assaulted the injured party by attempting to bite the other woman on the ear and both parties fell to the ground. While on the ground O’Sullivan punched the woman in the face and succeeded in biting her on the ear.

The inspector said that during the incident the injured party had clumps of hair pulled out.

Insp Farrelly said that O’Sullivan fully admitted the assault when questioned by gardaí.

Defence for O’Sullivan was solicitor, Ms Emer Dunne.

Ms Dunne requested a statements order in the case, and legal aid.

Insp Farrelly complied with the request for a statements order straight away, furnishing defence with statements relevant to the State’s case.

Judge Catherine Staines granted Ms Dunne legal aid, but ruled that she would reserve the issue of deciding on jurisdiction until the next date that the case is before the court.

Judge Staines put the matter back to October 2, for either a guilty plea to be entered, or for a hearing date to be fixed.