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Double trouble Pair 'punched and kicked' security woman in assault at Guiney's shop in Dublin

Mr Blair has pleaded not guilty and Ms Kelly has yet to enter a plea. They were both remanded on continuing bail to later dates.

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Zara Kelly has yet to enter a plea to the assault charge.

Zara Kelly has yet to enter a plea to the assault charge.

Zara Kelly has yet to enter a plea to the assault charge.

A WOMAN and man accused of attacking and injuring a security guard who stopped them on suspicion of shoplifting have had their cases further adjourned.

Zara Kelly (35) and Stuart Blair (28) are alleged to have carried out the attack in which a security guard was kicked in the ribcage, scratched and punched.

Mr Blair has pleaded not guilty and Ms Kelly has yet to enter a plea. They were both remanded on continuing bail to later dates.

Ms Kelly from Ballyogan Avenue, Carrickmines and Mr Blair, of Monksfield Lawn, Clondalkin, are both charged with assault causing harm.

Dublin District Court heard the incident was alleged to have happened at Guiney's on Talbot Street on September 1 last year.

Garda Sergeant Michelle Lynch said gardaí were called to the shop at 3.45pm when it was reported a security woman was being assaulted.

The security guard told gardaí she had stopped a man and woman on suspicion of shoplifting when the pair became aggressive.

She said they got into a fight and it spilled out onto Talbot Street. The security woman told gardaí the man had kicked her a number of times in the ribcage while she was on the ground and the woman "scratched and punched" her during the alleged attack.

The alleged assailants fled the scene but Mr Blair and Ms Kelly were later located and arrested. They both denied the allegations during interview but there were independent witnesses, Sgt Lynch said.

The security woman suffered cuts to the face and bruising to her ribs, the court heard. A medical report was handed in.

Judge Bryan Smyth accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case in the district court.

Mr Blair was pleading not guilty, his solicitor Donal Quigley said. His case was adjourned to June next year.

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Ms Kelly has not entered a plea yet and she was remanded on continuing bail to a date next month.

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