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DNA of Dublin woman accused of assaulting paralysed female found on wine bottle

DNA of Dublin woman accused of assaulting paralysed female found on wine bottle

The trial of a woman accused of assaulting a partially paralysed woman with a wine bottle during an aggravated burglary has heard the accused's DNA was found on the bottle.

Grace Tormey (22) of Parnell Street, Sallynoggin, Dublin has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to aggravated burglary at Rollins Villas, Sallynoggin on November 16, 2012.

The court heard the alleged victim, Lisa Lee, had previously suffered a stroke and was partially paralysed. She told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that she was unable to hold the door and her attackers managed to get into the bedroom.

Ms Lee said Ms Tormey and an unidentified man started attacking her by kicking and punching her. She was lying on the ground during the attack because of her paralysis.

She said someone pulled out a knife and the accused smashed a bottle over the back of her head. She said during the attack Ms Tormey kicked, punched and pulled lumps out of her hair.

Today the trial heard from Dr Linda Williams of Forensic Science Ireland that a blood sample from the wine bottle was analysed for DNA and a mixed sample of DNA was found.

Dr Williams said that it was highly likely, to a factor of one to a billion, that the DNA matched that of Ms Tormey and Ms Lee.

The prosecution has finished presenting evidence in the case. The jury will hear on Monday if the defence intends to call witnesses.

Conor Gallagher