Man jailed after he grabbed woman

A man who grabbed a woman late at night in Dublin city centre, telling her “you drank too much, bitch”, has been sentenced to three years in jail, with the final year suspended.

Chico Makamda, aged 32, grabbed Melita Cahill’s right wrist as she walked alone down Blessington St in Dublin at around 2am and tried to drag her into a laneway.

Ms Cahill managed to punch and kick him while shouting for help before breaking free from him.

Makamda, an Angolan refugee with an address at Foynes in Limerick, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to false imprisonment of Ms Cahill on August 7, 2013.

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In her victim impact statement, Ms Cahill said it took her nearly a year to be able to go out alone during the day and that she still suffers anxiety and panic attacks. She said she is not able to go out alone at night time and does not feel safe anymore.

Sentencing was delayed as Makamda denied that he was convicted in Tralee District Court with indecently exposing himself to two teenage girls in Kerry.

The garda who took the statement from the teenagers and the superintendent who was in court on the day of the indecent exposure trial both told Gerardine Small, prosecuting, that Makamda was the man who committed that crime. Makamda was fined €50 for the incident.

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