Woman jailed for Halloween assault

A mother of two was yesterday jailed for her role in a violent assault at an impromptu Halloween party sparked by the victim evicting three revellers engaging in a ‘threesome’.

At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Carroll Moran jailed Carrie Brigdale, aged 23, of 44 Mill House Flats, Mill Rd, Ennis, Co Clare, for two years after she pleaded guilty to assaulting Ugandan man, Collins Kato, at his apartment on Oct 31, 2010.

Brigdale also pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

Stephen Coughlan, prosecuting, told the court yesterday that Brigdale has given birth to her second child since her last appearance before the court on the matter in May.

In sentencing yesterday, Judge Moran said Brigdale, who was not part of the threesome, was the most culpable of the seven persons before the court.

Judge Moran said that before stabbing Mr Kato twice in the neck, Brigdale “made the terrifying threat to the others, ‘if this fella lives, we’re in big trouble’, clearly intimating that the victim might be killed”.

In response to Brigdale’s threat, one of the males replied ‘cut his throat’.

Judge Moran said that Brigdale has a bad record with “too many” previous convictions and has not been co-operating sufficiently with the Probation Service.

In his victim impact statement, Mr Kato, who was not in court yesterday, confirmed he has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the attack.

In the case, six of the party goers, including Brigdale, pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Parnell Court, Ennis, on Oct 31, 2010. Two others were not before the court with one outside the jurisdiction and a second deceased.

Judge Moran said that the attack was sparked off after Mr Kato threw out three people he had found in a sexually compromised situation in a bedroom.

Sean Moroney, aged 41, of Dalcassian Park, Ennis, who was also not part of the threesome, then hit Mr Kato across the head with a fire extinguisher. He was also jailed for two years.

Judge Moran imposed a range of sentences of two year suspended sentence to the Probation Act for the others before the court in relation to the incident.

Judge Moran granted a stay of week for Brigdale to present herself for imprisonment.

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