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Serious assault Mum of two threw glass bottle at bouncer causing substantial chip in tooth and facial injury

Part-time cleaner Evans was on a night out with friends at Wright’s Cafe Bar in Swords when they were asked to leave the premises at 1.25am.

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Emma Evans at Swords District Court

Emma Evans at Swords District Court

Emma Evans at Swords District Court

A mum of two who threw a glass bottle in the face of a bouncer, causing a substantial chip in his tooth and a facial laceration, has been placed on Probation Bond for one year.

Emma Evans (22) claimed the bouncer passed a derogatory comment causing her to react in the way she did in what a judge called a “serious assault.”

However, Sergeant Patricia McGarrity told Swords District Court the injured party did not make any derogatory comment to the defendant or anyone on the night.

Part-time cleaner Evans was on a night out with friends at Wright’s Cafe Bar in Swords when they were asked to leave the premises at 1.25am.

Ms Evans then threw the glass bottle at the face of the bouncer causing a chipped tooth and a laceration to his face after she claimed the bouncer made a derogatory comment.

The defendant, of Rathvale Drive, Airfield in Dublin 13 pleaded guilty to assaulting Graham Dunne causing him harm at Wright’s Cafe Bar in Swords on December 28, 2019. She has no previous convictions.

She claimed she was only meant to throw the contents of the bottle but the bottle then left her hand, hitting Mr Dunne in the face. Mr Dunne did not wish to make a Victim Impact Statement, the court heard.

The court heard the defendant attended Swords Garda Station where she admitted throwing the bottle and expressed her sincere apologies saying it was totally out of character.

She admitted she had consumed some alcohol on the night and did not intend to hit the bouncer with the bottle.

Defence barrister Annette Kealy said the defendant “has suffered a lot and can’t believe she did what she did.”

“She is traumatised,” said Ms Kealy, handing in letters from the defendant’s parents.

Ms Kealy said the defendant has also written a letter of apology to Mr Dunne and has €500 with her in court.

Judge Sandra Dunne said she accepted the assault was out of character and the defendant has expressed remorse.

However, the judge remarked: “She threw a bottle, it hit someone leaving them with a chipped tooth and a laceration. It’s a serious assault.”

“I have to also think of Mr Dunne,” the judge said.

The judge ordered the defendant enter into a Probation Bond of good behaviour for one year and pay €250 to the victim and a further €250 to St Francis Hospice.

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