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Teen girl pulled pregnant woman out of restaurant by the hair during attack

Teen girl pulled pregnant woman out of restaurant by the hair during attack

A TEENAGE girl, who dragged a pregnant woman by her hair, has been given a chance to avoid a criminal record and a possible sentence.

The girl, 16, who cannot be named because she is a minor, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the woman in north Dublin and breach of the peace.

Judge John O'Connor heard at the Dublin Children's Court that the woman, who is in her twenties, had been in a pizzeria on a date in June.

The girl, then aged 15, kept going in and out before proceeding to attack the woman by pulling her hair until “she ended up on the footpath outside”.

CCTV evidence obtained by gardai showed the assault lasted a minute. The woman also sustained minor scrapes to her face and attended hospital.

Judge O'Connor noted that the teenager had no prior criminal convictions. She was found suitable for taking part in a restorative justice programme aimed at first time offenders.

The case was adjourned for a probation report to be furnished to the court. The girl, who did not address the court, is in education and was accompanied to court by her mother. Judge O'Connor explained to them that this was a chance for the girl to avoid having a criminal record.

Defence counsel Damian McKeone said the teen was anxious to co-operate. The case will resume in January.