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Alleged shoplifter Woman accused of stealing phone cases denies punching worker in the face

Teresa Dorman (34) is accused of repeatedly hitting and injuring the female tech store employee who intervened in the alleged theft

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CCTV allegedly showed Teresa Dorman striking a staff member

CCTV allegedly showed Teresa Dorman striking a staff member

CCTV allegedly showed Teresa Dorman striking a staff member

A woman has denied punching a shop worker in the face when she was stopped on suspicion of stealing phone cases.

Teresa Dorman (34) is accused of repeatedly hitting and injuring the female tech store employee who intervened in the alleged theft.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case at Dublin District for hearing on a date next year.

Ms Dorman, of Swiftbrook Drive, Tallaght is charged with assault causing harm to a woman and stealing six phone cases, on Moore Street on October 27, 2019.

Judge Smyth had previously accepted jurisdiction to hear the case in the district court when it came back before him.

The court heard a statement had not yet been taken from the alleged victim, who was not in the country. 

A garda sergeant said the taking of a statement was "not a requirement" for the charge to proceed and if one became available, it could be disclosed to Ms Dorman's solicitor, Edward Bradbury.

Judge Smyth said this was "somewhat unusual" but it was "not obligatory" on the prosecution.

He adjourned the case to February 2022 for hearing.

The court was told it would take around two hours, including CCTV evidence.

Previously, the court heard gardaí were called to a laptop shop and spoke to the alleged victim who said the accused had assaulted her. Gardaí saw that the woman 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 alleged that this clearly showed the accused repeatedly striking the staff member with a closed fist and pushing her onto the ground.

Prior to the alleged assault, a garda sergeant told the court, the CCTV also clearly showed Ms Dorman taking six various phone cases and concealing them in a backpack before going to leave without paying.

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

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