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fast feud Diners had their hair pulled during attack by two women in takeaway 'melee', court told

Geraldine Kinsella (50) wrongly thought one of the victims was videoing her, and Elaine Hughes (48) intervened to help her friend.

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Elaine Hughes, of Thornleigh Place in Swords, and Geraldine Kinsella, of Beechlawn Drive in Coolock

Elaine Hughes, of Thornleigh Place in Swords, and Geraldine Kinsella, of Beechlawn Drive in Coolock

Elaine Hughes, of Thornleigh Place in Swords, and Geraldine Kinsella, of Beechlawn Drive in Coolock

TWO friends assaulted three female diners by grabbing them and pulling their hair during a melee in a takeaway, a court heard.

Geraldine Kinsella (50) wrongly thought one of the victims was videoing her, and Elaine Hughes (48) intervened to help her friend.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered the women to pay compensation of €750 and adjourned sentencing.

Kinsella, of Beechlawn Drive in Coolock, admitted two counts of assault and Hughes, of Thornleigh Place, Applewood in Swords, admitted one count of assault at Apache Pizza, Malahide Road, on April 1, 2019.

Inspector Ollie Woods told Swords District Court the defendants were in the takeaway when the three victims came in to order food.

Insp Woods said Kinsella tried to grab the first victim's mobile phone, and the woman held onto it.

He said what occurred next was best described as a melee.

The first victim's hair was grabbed, and all three victims ended up on the floor.

Insp Woods said gardaí just happened to be outside the takeaway, and were quickly on the scene.

The assault lasted 20 seconds, and was caught on CCTV, he added.

Insp Woods said the victims went to the Emergency Department. The first victim had a sore neck and high blood pressure for a short while.

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The second victim had bruising to her left cheek and a small bald patch on her head.

The third victim had bruising to the back of her neck and a sore scalp.

The defence said Kinsella wrongly believed one of the victims was videoing her. She had been drinking, and she reacted in a way which was completely out of character.

In relation to Hughes, the defence said she did not instigate the fight, but got involved to help her friend.

The defence said the women were sorry and willing to pay compensation.

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