A YOUNG woman was struck violently across the face with a mug of boiling tea or water and she sustained lacerations that required 32 stitches.
When she looked up from the sudden and completely unprovoked attack she saw her attacker – who she had never met before that incident – standing in front of her with the remains of the smashed mug still in his hand.
Garda Mary-Jane Somers said that it happened at 4am on Wednesday February 10 at an apartment at 27 Leitrim Street. Jordan Waters pleaded guilty to the charge of assault causing harm to the woman who is in her twenties.
The injured party had called to the apartment of a female friend by invitation that night and did not know the defendant or any other parties would be present.
“The suspect propositioned the female. When declined he got angry. He hit her over the head with a mug a number of times leaving her with a significant two-inch laceration to her face.
“After this unprovoked assault the injured party fled the apartment. Assistance of the armed support unit was required at 27 Leitrim Street where the suspect was identified by the injured party and two witnesses.”
A victim impact statement was read by Garda Somers saying: “I have led a very fulfilling life and have always been in full-time employment. I called to a friend by invitation and I did not realise others would be there.
“The accused hit me in the face with a mug of boiling water. I had to get 32 stitches. My face was all blistered up. I have been out of work. I am very self-conscious (because of injuries). I feel sad and afraid.”
She said she now takes taxis everywhere she goes rather than travelling by public transport and said, “I am living on my nerves”.
Prosecution barrister Dermot Sheehan said the medical report referred to permanent scarring but also said the recovery of the injury had progressed well.
Jordan Waters, 22, with an address at Mount St. Joseph’s Drive, Gurranabraher, Cork, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to the charge of carrying out the assault causing harm on the 30-year-old woman.
Defence senior counsel Siobhán Lankford said the 22-year-old had difficulties with drugs in the past but that he had a job waiting for him when he comes out of prison and that an employer had confirmed this.
“He was in the FAI academy at one time. He has had mental health difficulties in his life,” Ms Lankford said.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said, “The violence is inexplicable. This girl – whom he did not know at all – out of the blue he struck her with force into the face with a mug containing tea or boiling water. The circumstances are alarming.”
The judge imposed a two-year sentence consecutive to a nine-month term he was already serving. The last six months of the two years were suspended on condition that he would be of good behaviour on his release.