Disgust as Ramelton man jailed for brutal attack on 86-year-old woman

May 19, 2023

A Ramelton man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for a prolonged attack on an 86-year-old woman in Dublin in the early hours of the morning.

Alex Bailey of Claragh, Ramelton had taken cocaine and alcohol and was experiencing drug and alcohol induced psychosis when he attacked Marie MacGowan (pic courtesy of RTE) who had dementia and had become lost on her way home.

During the assault, Bailey, aged 30, punched and kicked Ms MacGowan, dragged her along the path and put her headfirst into a wheelie bin.

The attack, on 1 September 2022, lasted more than 40 minutes and only ended when three students on their way home intervened and called an ambulance.

RTE has reported how Ms MacGowan can no longer live independently and the judge said her quality of life and life expectancy had been affected.

Ms MacGowan suffered from early onset dementia, but was able to live independently and socialise.

She had recently moved to sheltered accommodation in Dublin to be closer to her family.

On 31 August 2022 she had been out with a friend for a meal in Ranelagh and had gone home and gone to bed.

However, some time later, she woke up and decided to go to the shops, not realising it was by then 1am.

She headed towards her home but walked a little too far and met Bailey outside an ice cream shop.

For full story see : https://www.rte.ie/news/courts/2023/0519/1384529-alex-bailey-court/


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