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Supermarket brawl Mum hit her daughter's mother-in-law in face during shop row over marriage

Defence solicitor Chris Horrigan said the accused and victim had met in a supermarket where the assault took place.

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A MUM struck her daughter's mother-in-law in the face in a row over their children's marriage, a court heard.

Ellen Reilly (44) attacked the woman after the two mothers-in-law got into an "unseemly dispute" when they met by chance in a supermarket, a court heard.

Reilly, a mother-of-four from Foxdene Drive in Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to assaulting the victim, causing her harm.

Judge Gerard Jones fined Reilly €200 at Blanchardstown District Court.

The court heard the incident happened at Centra, Foxborough Road in Lucan on February 4, 2019.

Reilly had pleaded guilty previously and the case was back before the court for reports and finalisation.

Judge Jones asked to be reminded of what happened.

Defence solicitor Chris Horrigan said the accused and victim had met in a supermarket where the assault took place.

They had a very good history to the point where their children married - the accused's daughter married the son of the victim, Mr Horrigan said.

"That relationship has irretrievably broken down," he said.

Reilly and the other mother-in-law met by chance and there was an "unseemly dispute" which ended in an assault.

Mr Horrigan said Reilly had expressed remorse and sorrow for the assault. She had no previous convictions.

It was an unfortunate case where two mothers-in-law had found themselves in a dreadful position, Mr Horrigan said, asking for leniency.

Judge Jones said the case was too serious to strike out.

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At a previous hearing when jurisdiction was being considered, the court was told Reilly punched the other woman in the face and dragged her to the ground.

The victim suffered an abrasion to the right eye, and swelling and tenderness under the eye.

She also suffered soft tissue injury to her left shoulder when she fell to the floor.

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