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Mac attack Woman who left young mum with concussion in unprovoked McDonalds attack avoids jail

If it wasn’t due to her age I wouldn't be going down this route. I’d be imposing custody.

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Sky Archer Armstrong

Sky Archer Armstrong

Sky Archer Armstrong

A YOUNG woman who struck another woman in the head a number of times in a fast-food restaurant -  leaving her with concussion in the unprovoked attack - also left the victim fearing she would never see her young son again.

Sky Archer Armstrong (21) is to avoid a custodial sentence for the assault when her case is finalised in May as a judge said she is reluctant to impose a prison sentence on a 21-year-old - despite the defendant getting a suspended sentence for a previous assault.

The defendant approached Orlaith Carey (23) and her friends in a McDonald's restaurant in the early hours of the morning.

When Armstrong tried to grab one of Ms Carey’s friends, Ms Carey stood up to stop her. Armstrong then grabbed her hair and pulled her to the floor.

Ms Carey, who did not know her attacker, was struck in the head a number of times leaving her with concussion and banged her head off the ground.

Ms Carey blacked out and was taken to Beaumont Hospital where she was treated for a swollen right cheek and concussion. She remained in hospital for 20 hours, Swords District Court heard.

She told gardai she was in fear and thought she would never see her young son again, the court heard.

The defendant, of Sansilvestro, Balcoonan in Skerries, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to assaulting Ms Carey in McDonalds on Main Street in Swords, Co Dublin on October 27, 2019 at 2.25am.

She has three previous convictions including two for assaults.

Defence solicitor Fiona D’Arcy said the defendant is “very sorry and ashamed,” of her actions.

“She was abusing alcohol at the time and she is horrified at her own behaviour.”

Ms D’Arcy said the defendant is at a turning point in her life and is attending counselling and has started a beauty course.

Judge Sandra Murphy said it was a “very serious unprovoked assault.”

“She got a suspended sentence in 2015 for an assault and it doesn’t seem to have had the required effect. But I am reluctant to impose a custodial sentence on a 21 year old.

“If it wasn’t due to her age I wouldn't be going down this route. I’d be imposing custody.

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