District Court being asked to deal with far more serious offences - Judge Brennan

A 19 year old woman accused of being involved in a robbery and an attempted robbery in Drogheda, has been placed under a curfew at the local district court.

A 19 year old woman accused of being involved in a robbery and an attempted robbery in Drogheda, has been placed under a curfew at the local district court.

Catherine Jordan with an address at Mountbagnal, Riverstown, Dundalk is also charged with two counts of assault causing harm, at De Lacy Bridge, Scotch hall, Drogheda on the 31st of January last year.

The Defence barrister told Judge Flann Brenna when the case was called last Friday that she was seeking statements in the case as it was the first time the matter was before the court.

Garda Insp. John Foudy explained that Judge William Hamill had previous accepted jurisdiction in the case of a co-accused who had had their case put back to the 28th of June.

The court heard it was alleged that the defendant struck a woman on the head with a beer bottle after the complainant’s path was blocked and she was threatened with her handbag being thrown into the river.

Insp. Foudy the bottle did not break and the woman was treated for swelling to the head.

He added it was also alleged that the accused had earlier punched another woman in the face, on the same date.

Judge Flann Brennan said he would hear the case in the district court “with considerable reluctance”.

He adjourned the case to the same date as the co-accused. As part of her bail, the teenager must sign on at Carlingford Garda Station and observe a curfew from 9pm to 8.30am.

Judge Brennan noted that the district court “is nowadays being asked to deal with far more serious offences” than in the past.