Granny assaulted woman over pint of Guinness

Elaine McCarthy
Elaine McCarthy

A GRANDMOTHER assaulted another woman in a “moment of madness” after she confronted her for drinking her pint of Guinness.

The court heard how Elaine McCarthy (45) pulled the woman’s hair and dragged her to the ground, during which she twisted her right knee.

The victim had to undergo surgery for the injury and is still on crutches 10 months later, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

The victim was drinking in the Hartstown House Inn, Clonsilla, when McCarthy allegedly drank her pint of Guinness.

A row ensued and McCarthy grabbed her by the hair and dragged her to the ground.

During the course of the row, the victim twisted her knee and was taken to Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown where she underwent surgery on her knee.

McCarthy (45), of Hazelwood Avenue, Hartstown, Dublin 15, pleaded guilty to assaulting her at the Hartstown House Inn on February 2 last year.

McCarthy has no previous convictions, the court heard.

Gda Ciara O’Brien told Judge David McHugh that the women did not know each other and “words were exchanged between them”.

She said the victim is still receiving treatment and physio for the injury to her right knee.

Counsel for McCarthy said both women were intoxicated and the row broke out after it was alleged McCarthy drank the victim’s pint of Guinness.

“Both women were drinking at the same table,” said the barrister.

He said McCarthy, who is married with three children, has one grandchild and has an “exemplary character”.

“It was an unfortunate incident and it shouldn’t have happened,” said the barrister.

He said McCarthy openly apologises for her actions. Judge David McHugh took into account McCarthy’s apology and fined her €100.

Speaking at her home after the court appearance, McCarthy said she regretted he actions.

“It was a moment of madness. It shouldn’t have happened,” she told the Herald. “I regret what happened,” she added.