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'Pandemonium' Woman allegedly kicked man wrongly accused of being a paedophile

Sandra Hyland (40) is accused of assaulting the distressed man amid “pandemonium” as a group of people confronted him and claimed he was following young girls.

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Sandra Hyland

Sandra Hyland

Sandra Hyland

A WOMAN kicked a young man with Asperger’s syndrome in the chest after he was wrongly accused of being a paedophile, it is alleged.

Sandra Hyland (40) is accused of assaulting the distressed man amid “pandemonium” as a group of people confronted him and claimed he was following young girls.

The man had been out on his daily walk and had only passed by the children, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for the accused to decide on a plea.

Ms Hyland, of Redmond Court, Kilbarrack, is charged with assault causing harm.

Garda Sergeant Michelle Lynch said the DPP consented to the case being dealt with in the district court.

Outlining the allegations, she said gardaí were called to Kilbarrack Road on August 13, 2020 when it was reported that two men were trying to push another man into the rear of a car.

When they arrived, gardaí found two men standing over a younger man who was sitting on a kerb, distressed.

One of them was shouting at the man on the ground that he had followed a 10-year-old girl out of the estate.

The man was called a “paedophile” and it was alleged Ms Hyland, who was also at the scene, kicked him to the right side of his chest. The alleged victim could be heard crying out in pain, the court was told.

The man was very upset and it was established that he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and was out on his daily walk when he walked by the young girls.

He suffered bruising and cuts to his knees, the court heard.

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Defence solicitor Lorraine Stephens said other people had been advised there was a man following young girls and went to the scene.

When Ms Hyland arrived, there was “pandemonium” and the extent of her client’s alleged involvement was that she swung a kick.

Judge Smyth accepted jurisdiction in the case.

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