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Woman Accused of Spraying Chemical At Garda Refused Bail

Alex Rowley
Alex Rowley

01:06 24 Sep 2023

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A woman has appeared in court in connection with spraying a chemical into a Garda's eyes in Dublin.

31-year-old Frances Harrison, with an address at College Hill, Terenure, Dublin, was charged with assaulting the officer at Basin Street flats in the south inner city during the incident on Thursday night.

She is also accused of a connected offence of being a passenger in a stolen rental GoCar on the same date.

The court heard two gardai observed the car at Basin Street flats "driven at speed with no lights," and the tracking device for the car was on the side of the road.

Sergeant Hugh O'Connell said the two officers were trying to arrest the driver when the accused allegedly "sprayed an unknown chemical substance".

The court heard one garda was "temporarily blind" after the chemical was sprayed into his eyes.

He must go to a follow-up appointment with an eye specialist.

Both were injured and have already attended hospital and remain off duty.

The hearing was told, "a number of locals came out to intimidate gardai", and the driver made an escape.

Pleading for bail, the defence counsel asked the judge to note that Ms Harrison maintains her innocence and "says she had obviously nothing to do with it, that there were other people there, and it was not her involved in this incident".

Gardai are to recommend to the DPP that the case should be dealt with on indictment at a higher level.

Judge John Campbell refused bail and remanded her in custody.

Ms Harrison will face her next hearing on Wednesday.

Reporting by Tom Tuite.

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