Woman admits ‘extremely violent’ broken bottle attack

A woman has pleaded guilty to stabbing two women in a vicious attack in Limerick.

Susan McCarthy, aged 21, appeared before Limerick Circuit Court, where she admitted two counts of assault causing harm, to Leanne Delaney and Celina Daly.

McCarthy, of Astor Court, Keyes Park, Southill, also pleaded guilty to one count of production of a broken beer bottle during the assaults on October 25, 2014.

The attack took place around 3.30am on Parnell St, Limerick City. Ms Delaney was rushed from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick, where she underwent emergency surgery for a punctured lung. She remained in hospital in a serious condition for a number of days.

At a previous bail hearing at Limerick District Court, gardaí described the attack as “extremely violent”.

Garda Tim O’Connor said Ms Delaney suffered “extensive injuries” after she was stabbed a number of times by McCarthy with a broken glass bottle.

The court heard McCarthy continued to stab Ms Delaney after she fell to the ground.

Garda O’Connor said McCarthy “made no reply” when charged.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy told the court Ms McCarthy was in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance, and the court granted her free legal aid.

At the time, Judge Aeneus McCarthy said the serious nature of the crime was, on its own, not sufficient for refusing the bail application. He imposed a number of bail conditions and McCarthy was freed on bail.

As part of her bail she is banned from Parnell St, and she must sign on daily at Roxboro Road Garda station as well as obey a curfew.


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