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case upgraded to jury trial Woman allegedly 'jabbed' glass into pubgoer's face in row at bar


A YOUNG woman "jabbed" a glass into another woman's face, cutting her forehead during a bar row, it is alleged.

Amy Bergin (26) is accused of assaulting the alleged victim with a glass after first throwing a drink into the woman's eyes.

She is facing jury trial after a judge decided the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Ms Bergin, with an address at Tulip Court in Darndale, Dublin 17 is charged with producing a glass in the course of a dispute and assault causing harm to a woman.

The offences are alleged to have happened at the Cock and Bull, Coolock Village on February 3, 2019.

A garda sergeant told Judge Smyth the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level subject to the issue of jurisdiction being considered.

The judge asked for an outline of the allegations and the sergeant said it would be the prosecution's case that a row took place between the accused and the alleged victim on the night in question.

The alleged victim had told gardaĆ­ Ms Bergin became verbally abusive in the course of an argument and threw a glass of alcohol in her eyes before jabbing the glass in her face.

This cut the woman's forehead, it was alleged.

A medical report was available and was submitted to the court.

The accused was not required to be present due to Covid-19 restrictions and Judge Smyth asked defence solicitor Rory Staines if he thought his client should be in court when jurisdiction was being decided on.

Mr Staines said he had spoken to Ms Bergin that morning, she was aware of the situation and she was happy for the court to deal with the issue in her absence.

Judge Smyth said having heard the summary of evidence and read the medical report, he was refusing jurisdiction.

He extended the time required for the preparation for the book of evidence, which is needed before the accused can be sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The charges are under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person and Firearms and Offensive Weapons Acts.