Model avoids jail after assault on ex’s new partner

A glamour model has been given a two-month suspended sentence after she admitted she jumped on her ex-boyfriend’s new partner and began to bite and scratch her.

Bridget Byrne, aged 26, who works under the name of Ava Van Rose, appeared before Judge John Cheatle at Dublin District Court yesterday to have her case finalised. Byrne had pleaded guilty earlier to assault causing harm to Helen Guinan her at a house at Wheatfield Avenue in Clondalkin, in Dublin, on October 20, 2013.

Garda Gerard Clifford of Ronanstown Garda Station told Judge Cheatle that Ms Byrne has a child with Helen Guinan’s partner. There had been a row over their arrangements for the child to be collected.

Gda Clifford said mother-of-three Byrne, turned up at Ms Guinan’s home. Gda Clifford said when the door was opened Byrne “jumped on Helen Guinan in the hall and put her fingers in her eyes, she was biting her left had and scratching her face”.

The woman suffered cuts to her face and the skin on her hand was broken. A medical report was handed in and Gda Clifford agreed with the defence that the injuries were superficial and that it was a minor assault.

Gardaí received a complaint two days later and they interviewed Ms Byrne, who now has an address at An Luasan, Ballybrit, Co Galway but is from Clondalkin in west Dublin.

Gda Clifford also agreed that Byrne did not have any prior criminal convictions and has not come to Garda attention since. The garda agreed that that the row was over family matters.


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