Letterkenny Courthouse

Man struck ‘out of the blue’ with piece of wood in hospital

November 11, 2020

A WOMAN struck a man ‘out of the blue’ with a piece of timber in Letterkenny University Hospital, a court has heard.

Jennifer Moran (35) of Sylvan Park, Letterkenny, was before Letterkenny District Court in relation to the incident.

A man, unknown to the defendant, sustained a cut, the size of a small coin, to the top of the head after receiving a blow from a piece of timber.

Gardaí gave evidence of the arrest and charge of Moran, who made no reply to the charges.

Sergeant Gerard Dalton said the man was attending a hospital appointment and went to the toilet. As he came out, he felt a slap on the top of the head and he saw a woman walking away from him.

“It was out of the blue,” Sergeant Dalton said.

“There was no communication between either party beforehand. She stood up, grabbed the piece of wood and swung it. The piece of wood was just lying there and she took it home.”

The wound did not need stitches and Sergeant Dalton said the parties did not know each other.

Judge Paul Kelly enquired about the exact nature of the implement.

“A piece of wood could be anything from a matchstick to a railway sleeper,” Judge Kelly remarked.

The court heard that CCTV footage, showing Moran with the piece of wood, was available.

Moran was currently undergoing medial assistance and therapy was was attending appointments, the court was told.

There was no Garda objection to bail and the case was adjourned to November 30.