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unprovoked attack Woman who struck McDonald's diner in head leaving her with concussion avoids jail

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


Sky Armstrong

Sky Armstrong

Sky 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 has been given a five months suspended sentence.

Sky Archer Armstrong (21) approached Orlaith Carey 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.

“There is no excuse for her behaviour,” said Ms D’Arcy, adding the defendant wrote a letter of apology to her victim.

“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.

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A detailed Probation Report was handed into court where the defendant expressed her remorse and deep shame.

“She consumed way too much alcohol on the night and regrets it,” said Ms D’Arcy, adding the defendant continues to engage with counselling.

Judge Cephas Power said the assault is at the top end of a Section 2 assault and imposed a five month prison sentence which the judge suspended for 12 months on condition the defendant keeps the peace and avoids further offending.

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