Three brothers charged with attacking great grandmother on her way home from mass

Victim Jennifer Lynch
Victim Jennifer Lynch

THREE Dublin brothers have been remanded in custody after they were charged with attacking a 72-year-old woman as she made her way home from Saturday evening mass.

Andrew Smith, 30, from Croftwood Drive, Ballyfermot along with Paul Smith, 47, and Stephen Smith, 39, who both live at the same address on Oranmore Road in Ballyfermot, appeared at Dublin District Court today.

The three men are charged with assault causing harm to Jennifer Lynch, a great-grandmother who also lives at Oranmore Road.

Stephen Smith, who suffered wounds in a shooting last month, was in court on crutches and, amid outbursts, showed the judge bandaging around his stomach.

Garda Padraig O'Meara told Judge Michael Coghlan the three brothers were arrested on Saturday night. Andrew and Stephen Smith had no reply after they were charged, however, their older sibling, Paul, responded, “a load of bollocks”.

Gda O'Meara said he intended to "strenuously" object to bail. He alleged the case involved, “three grown men who attacked a 72-year-old woman, who was walking home with some friends from 6.30pm mass”.

He said the woman was taken to Ballyfermot garda station and was “bleeding profusely”.

She declined medical attention until after she told gardai what happened, Judge Coghlan heard. Gda O'Meara also alleged she identified the three defendants and knew them all their lives.

Gda O'Meara said there were fears that there would be interference with witnesses. 

Ms Lynch, witnesses and the defendants reside near each other, Gda O'Meara said, adding that the 72-year-old woman had come to court to give evidence. She remained in the public gallery with relatives and was not called to testify as an adjournment was granted.

Defence lawyers were given instructions to consent to a remand in custody until March 16 when the three men  will make a bail application.

Stephen Smith then pulled up his jumper to show his bandages and his solicitor explained that the 39-year-old recently been the victim of a “serious shooting”.

Judge Coghlan directed that he would receive medical attention in custody. Andrew Smith then addressed the court and said, “Your honour, his guts are hanging out, he was in the house all night”.

Paul Smith told court “a lot of lies” had been told and that his brother, Stephen, had been in bed, adding “he can barely walk”.

Judge Coghlan said “they would want to get a change of personality if they are making a bail application in a week's time”. He told the three men, who were granted legal aid, that they had solicitors to act for them and “this is not a barnyard”.