Child cruelty 
case adjourned at Dundalk court

A 42 year old woman prosecuted for Child Cruelty had her case adjourned at Dundalk district court last week as the judge who heard the evidence in the case originally was unavailable to finalise the matter.

A 42 year old woman prosecuted for Child Cruelty had her case adjourned at Dundalk district court last week as the judge who heard the evidence in the case originally was unavailable to finalise the matter.

The court heard last December how a young brother and sister were taken into HSE care after the boy told a teacher that his aunt had beaten him with a belt with a buckle on it.

The original hearing was told the defendant had been caring for the children - a five year old boy and his 7 year old sister, and the Gardai became involved on the first of October 2010, after the boy told his class teacher that he had been beaten with a belt with a buckle on it the day before.

Both children were taken into care and the five year old was examined by a Paediatrician in Drogheda.

The court heard the children’s mother was in Nigeria at the time, and the Defence solicitor said his client had been burdened with the responsibility of looking after her nephew and niece.

The solicitor said the boy had only recently been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the accused had no understanding of ADHD and had been ‘driven demented’ by the boys increasingly deteriorating behaviour. The case was adjourned until last Wednesday so a Probation report could be prepared, however at the request of the Defence Judge William Hamill put the matter back until the 10th of April, so Judge Flann Brennan could finalise the case.