Fuming Cork woman ‘held carer by throat’

A woman who was “fuming” because her elderly mother was taken by taxi rather than ambulance from a nursing home for a hospital visit caught the care worker by the throat, it was claimed in court yesterday.

Fuming Cork woman ‘held carer by throat’

Linda Murphy, aged 54, of Ferndale, 51 Friars Walk, Cork, denied assaulting Ann McConnon at Cork University Hospital on June 3, 2014.

Judge Olann Kelleher said he found the facts proved against Murphy. “I will take a certain view on it in four months if there are no further difficulties,” he said. Murphy had no previous convictions.

The judge said it was a very sad case, and the defendant’s mother had a very good relationship with carer Ann McConnon and obviously trusted her.

At this, Murphy spoke up from the courtroom and said: “Excuse me, Judge, I don’t agree with you.”

Judge Kelleher continued: “There are two different versions. I am satisfied with Ms McConnon’s evidence. I believe her evidence that she was assaulted. It was not very serious but it was upsetting. I find the facts proved.”

Ms McConnon said she brought the resident from Mowlam’s in Ballincollig to the CUH that day for a procedure. She said they travelled by taxi and that when Murphy arrived at CUH she was fuming because they had travelled by taxi. Ms McConnon said she was on her phone when Murphy grabbed her by the throat.

Donal Daly, defence solicitor, said: “The two of ye were bristling.”

Ms McConnon replied: “Not disputing that.”

Murphy testified that she just put her hand up to take the phone and was adamant that she did not assault her in any way and did not catch her throat.

Ms Murphy said Ms McConnon kept butting in when she was trying to organise an ambulance.

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