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Knife attack accused enters courtroom “grinning” to face charges

Knife attack accused enters courtroom “grinning” to face charges

A 33-YEAR-OLD woman entered court grinning to face assault and robbery charges after a woman was stabbed in the neck during a mugging in Dublin.

Homeless Laura Kenna made no application for bail when she was brought to appear before Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court on Friday morning.

She is charged with assault causing harm to the woman, a 35-year-old civil servant, and robbing her of her handbag and her phone, at Lower Drumcondra Road on Tuesday evening.

The victim remains in hospital after suffering serious injuries during the alleged attack. She was stabbed in the neck as she walked home from work – gardai and locals came to her assistance and she was rushed to the Mater Hospital.

Dressed in a zip up grey top, black shirt, blue jeans and runners, Ms Kenna entered the court room smiling before she sat down on the defendant's bench.

Ms Kenna, who is of no fixed abode,  remained silent as Det Sergeant Ken Hoare told Judge Anthony Halpin that, "in reply to the charges after caution, she said 'No'."  She was charged at Mountjoy Garda station shortly before 11pm on Thursday.

Defence solicitor Daniel Hanahoe told the court he was aware gardai intended to object to bail but, he added, a bail application was not being made. Judge Halpin remanded her in custody to appear again at the same court on Jan. 13.

She has not yet indicated how she will plead and Judge Halpin noted from Det Sgt Hoare that directions from the DPP have to be obtained.

Ms Kenna spoke quietly to her solicitor and said "nice one" as she was escorted from the courtroom. Free legal aid was granted.

The defendant was originally arrested in Dublin on Wednesday night shortly before 10pm. She was then detained at Mountjoy Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.