Couple facing cruelty charges after daughter, 9, suffered serious injuries in custody pending 'further charges'

Couple facing cruelty charges after daughter, 9, suffered serious injuries in custody pending 'further charges'
File photo

A couple accused of child cruelty after their nine-year-old daughter was discovered with serious injuries at their home in north Dublin have been further held in custody pending “further charges”.

The girl was taken to Temple Street Children's Hospital on July 2 last and is still receiving treatment.

Gardaí launched an investigation and arrested the mother and father, who are aged in their thirties, last week.

The married couple, who are non-Irish nationals, are charged under Section 246 of the Children’s Act, for alleged treatment of the child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to her health or seriously to affect her being.

It can, on conviction, carry a sentence of up to seven years’ imprisonment.

The woman faces an additional charge for failing to seek medical assistance for the girl for a head injury.

They made no application for bail when their case came before Dublin District Court last Friday.

They faced their second hearing today when they appeared before Judge John Hughes.

The man and woman sat beside each other at the side of the courtroom.

They spoke briefly to each other and listened to the proceedings with the assistance of an interpreter.

The woman was in tears throughout the hearing.

Detective Sergeant Eoin McDonnell told Judge Hughes he was making an application for a further one week remand in custody pending directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions and “possible further charges”.

Defence solicitor Sinead Mulhall consented to the application for the adjournment.

Judge Hughes said reporting restrictions imposed last week remain in place as he further remanded the pair in custody to appear again on August 21 next.

At their first hearing, Detective Garda Aoife O’Brien said she arrested the 35-year-old woman in Dublin’s south-side on August 7 under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

She was brought to Coolock garda station where she was charged the following night.

The court has heard she made no reply to the charge.

A psychiatric evaluation of the woman had been directed by the court following a request from the defence last Friday.

At their first hearing last week, Detective Sergeant McDonnell told the court the co-accused also made no reply when charged.

The reporting restriction order was made initially after the defence asked that their clients’ identities would not be reported, “given the sensitive nature of the charge”.

There were other children involved and the woman had frequent access to them, the court was told.

The court was also told the woman had “no experience of the Irish criminal justice system or any criminal justice system”.

More on this topic

Suicide attempt by man in breach of barring orderSuicide attempt by man in breach of barring order

Pair held on charges connected to killingPair held on charges connected to killing

Court hears Cork man wrote 'informer' on neighbour's car after planning dispute over shedCourt hears Cork man wrote 'informer' on neighbour's car after planning dispute over shed

New accommodation for teen girl who court hears was sexually assaulted by older men outside hostelNew accommodation for teen girl who court hears was sexually assaulted by older men outside hostel


More in this Section

Pair held on charges connected to killingPair held on charges connected to killing

Varadkar condemns ‘cowardly and brutal’ attack on Quinn executive Kevin Lunney Varadkar condemns ‘cowardly and brutal’ attack on Quinn executive Kevin Lunney

From dust to dustbin ... Urn containing human ashes found at Navan recycling centreFrom dust to dustbin ... Urn containing human ashes found at Navan recycling centre

'Irish citizenship through birth or descent' the most visited document on Citizens Information website'Irish citizenship through birth or descent' the most visited document on Citizens Information website


Lifestyle

Audrey's been sorting out Cork people for ages.Ask Audrey: C’mere, what’s the story with Chris O’Dowd thinking he’s better than Cork people

So, I put a link to a short story up for my students the other day. The story was by Michael Morpurgo and I was delighted to find an online copy. It can be challenging when you are relying on non-paper texts to teach.Secret diary of an Irish teacher: I love physical books and always will

Celebrated actress Siobhán McSweeney may have found fame starring in a TV series set at the other end of the country, but Cork is never far from her thoughts, writes Ciara McDonnellHome is where the art is for Derry Girls actress

There are literally hundreds of free events on offer this evening for kids and adults on Culture Night. Marjorie Brennan selects the best of them, in Cork and beyondCulture Night: Get out and make the most of it

More From The Irish Examiner