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Guilty plea Woman (28) admits assault on Dublin Bus driver during violent incident

Judge Paula Murphy granted bail at Dublin District Court on condition Tobin does not use Dublin Bus.

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Leanne Tobin

Leanne Tobin

Leanne Tobin

A young woman has admitted assaulting a Dublin Bus driver in a violent incident in the city centre.

Leanne Tobin (28) attacked the driver on board a no 27 bus that was stopped on the route between Coolock and Tallaght.

A video emerged on social media and allegedly shows a man and woman boarding the bus and arguing over a buggy before the driver, in his 40s, had punches thrown at him and was verbally abused.

Judge Paula Murphy granted bail at Dublin District Court on condition Tobin does not use Dublin Bus.

The accused, with an address at Tallaght Cross West, Tallaght had been charged with assaulting the driver.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Werburgh Street in Dublin 8 on April 3.

A garda sergeant said there were no objections to the accused’s bail subject to conditions.

The sergeant said the directions of the DPP were required as further charges would be proffered in the case.

Bail was set in Tobin’s own bond of €300, with no cash lodgement required.

Under the bail terms, she must live at Castle Court, Castle Street in the south city centre and be contactable by mobile phone 24 hours per day, with the phone switched on and charged at all times.

She is also to sign on three times per week at Tallaght garda station.

The judge said Tobin must appear in court on every remand date until the case is disposed of.

Defence solicitor Tracy Horan said the accused had no difficulty with the bail conditions.

She asked Judge Murphy to note a guilty plea for the court record and to adjourn the case for a victim impact statement, evidence and mitigation.

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Her client had made full admissions, she said.

The judge adjourned the case to a date in June, for facts, mitigation, any victim impact evidence and possible further charges.

She also granted free legal aid after Ms Horan made an application and said the accused was not working and in receipt of social welfare.

A statement of her financial means was submitted to the court.

No details of the incident have yet been heard in court and the accused was not required to speak during the brief hearing,

The charge is under Section 2 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Nobody else has yet been brought before the courts in relation to the incident.

Gardai said the alleged victim did not require medical attention.

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