Cork woman assaulted another mother over child's play

Cork woman assaulted another mother over child's play

A mother whose five-year-old was struck by another child with a toy sword remonstrated with the boy’s mother and has now been convicted of assaulting her and her 12-year-old daughter.

The case was dealt with at an in-camera hearing of Cork District Court.

The 29-year-old mother accused of the two assaults denied assaulting anyone after her son was struck across the back.

She said she went to talk to the mother of the boy who struck her son when they were out playing. She said it became heated when she was talking to the other mother, that voices became raised, and there was what she described as bitchiness. However, she denied assaulting them. “I didn’t touch anyone,” she said.

After hearing all the evidence, including a video-recorded interview with the child complainant made following the incident on August 23, 2017, the judge convicted the defendant on two counts of assault.

Judge Con O’Leary said: “I am satisfied she was enraged due to the injury to her child. She went down full of rage to express her anger. It escalated when she did not get any great satisfaction.

The 12-year-old who answered the door to her was pushed aside as the defendant called her mother a whore and a rat. This injured party’s mother was then assaulted.

The defendant denied it, saying she did not go down to the house “all guns blazing”, and only wanted to talk.

The 12-year-old, who is now 14, said the defendant said: “Where is your brother? I am going to kill him.”

The defendant denied saying that.

The mother of the child being accused of hitting the defendant’s son said she had never spoken to the defendant before that day.

Judge O’Leary asked what the situation was like in the Cork housing estate since this happened in August 2017.

Inspector Seán McCarthy said: “It is an ongoing situation between a good few people. They just don’t get on. The children out playing are having disputes and the parents are getting involved.”

Judge O’Leary put the mother, whom he convicted of the assaults, on a probation bond to focus on parenting skills and dispute avoidance. “I am satisfied she over-reacted on this occasion.”

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