Judge refuses to hear case about alleged glass assault

A judge who said he does not like presiding over assault cases involving bottles or glasses has refused to hear a case of a woman who was allegedly glassed in the face by another woman at a night-club.

Ciara Killeen, aged 31, with an address at Hyde Rd, Prospect, Limerick, has been accused of assault causing harm to Mary McCarthy, at Queens nightclub, Abbey St, Ennis, Co Clare, at 1.10am on November 1, 2015.

Ms McCarthy received 23 stitches to her face following the alleged brawl.

Inspector Tom Kennedy, Shannon garda station, said that the State would allege that both women got into an argument while they were in the smoking section of the nightclub after both women had gone out socialising on Halloween night last year.

“It will be alleged Ms Killeen struck the injured party with a glass into the face,” Insp Kennedy said.

“Both of them ended up fighting on the ground.

“It will be alleged Mary McCarthy got a cut on or about her right eye.”

On the night of October 31, Mary McCarthy went to the nightclub in Ennis with four friends on a night out.

Later on the night out, at approximately 1am on November 1, while in a smoking area of the nightclub, Ms McCarthy and Ms Killeen allegedly fought.

During the course of the alleged argument, Ms Killeen struck Ms McCarthy with a glass, which she was holding with her left hand, into her face.

Both women became locked together and a struggle ensued on the floor of the club until they were separated by security staff, it is alleged.

It will also be alleged that Ms McCarthy sustained a laceration to the right side of her face, close to her right eye, where she subsequently required 23 stitches.

The incident was caught on CCTV, the State will allege.

Judge Patrick Durkan said: “I refuse jurisdiction because I don’t like hearing bottle or glass [assault] cases.”


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