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Shop of horrors Woman accused of punching shop worker repeatedly after alleged theft of phone cases

The court heard that on October 27, 2019, gardaí were called to a laptop shop and spoke to the alleged victim, who said the accused had assaulted her.

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A WOMAN punched a shop worker repeatedly in the face when she was stopped on suspicion of stealing phone cases, it has been claimed.

Teresa Dorman (34) is accused of attacking and injuring the female tech store staff member who intervened in the alleged theft.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for the accused to decide how she intends to plead.

Ms Dorman, of Swiftbrook Drive, Tallaght, is charged with assault causing harm to a woman and stealing six phone cases on Moore Street.

A garda sergeant said the DPP had directed summary disposal.

The court heard that on October 27, 2019, gardaí were called to a laptop shop and spoke to the alleged victim, who said the accused had assaulted her.

The officers spoke to the woman, who had visible injuries to her face. She was bleeding from her nose and a cut lip, the court heard.

CCTV footage was viewed, and it was claimed this clearly showed the accused repeatedly striking the staff member with her fist and pushing her on to the ground.

Before the alleged assault, a garda sergeant told the court, that CCTV clearly showed Ms Dorman taking six phone cases and putting them in a backpack before going to leave the premises without paying.

At that point, the staff member intervened, the court heard.

The judge read a medical report and asked the sergeant what the "dental situation" was.

The sergeant replied that the woman did not have any dental treatment.

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Judge Smyth asked if the alleged victim had made a full recovery.

"I believe so, yes," the sergeant replied.

The judge accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case after hearing the summary of the proposed evidence an asked if all prosecution material had been disclosed.

Defence solicitor Edward Bradbury said he had received a copy of the CCTV footage and summary of evidence.

He said he had just seen the medical report that had been submitted to the court and asked for a copy.

Judge Smyth ordered disclosure of any outstanding material and adjourned the case to a date in June for the accused to decide on a plea.

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