Dublin woman avoids jail after attack on the Dart

A woman who broke a woman’s eye socket on the Dart has avoided a custodial sentence after the victim wrote to the judge asking him not to jail her assailant.

Leanne Goode, aged 21, of Lissadell Green, Drimnagh, Dublin, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Paula McCarthy causing her harm on the Dart on July 13, 2013.

She also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Richard McCarthy, breaching the peace, and being intoxicated in public on the same date.

She was convicted of the attack on Ms McCarthy but acquitted on all the other charges. The conduct of Goode was, in the words of Judge Desmond Hogan, “unbecoming of a lady”.

Ms McCarthy was on the train with her husband Richard, who suffered from multiple sclerosis and has since passed away.

When Goode sat on Ms McCarthy’s headrest, Ms McCarthy told her to “sit down and behave herself”. Goode punched Ms McCarthy in the face, fracturing her eye socket and causing a bleed on the eye.

Ms McCarthy, in a victim impact report, told Judge Hogan she was “not a vindictive person” and did not wish to see Goode jailed as long as she was remorseful.

Goode wept as the judge imposed a four-year term, suspended for four years.

He ordered she undergo two years probation supervision and take part in anger management and restorative justice programmes if directed .


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