29 May 2022

Two women bailed over alleged feud related assault in Longford store


Two women have been granted bail after appearing court charged with allegedly assaulting another woman last Wednesday

Two women have appeared in court charged in connection to assaulting another woman in a feud related incident that forced a department store in Longford town to shut its doors last week.

Cindy Duignan (37) 31 Ardnacassa Avenue, Longford and Teresa Dinnegan (35) 5 Springlawn, Longford came before a sitting of Longford District Court this afternoon charged with assault at Penneys, Longford Centre, Longford on March 16.

Both women were arrested and subsequently charged after an alleged brawl broke out between the two women and their alleged victim in front of customers and staff.

Sgt Enda Daly for the State, said the prosecution had no objection to bail subject to a number of strict conditions.

He also indicated that further charges may be submitted to the court as part of an ongoing investigation into an incident the court heard was linked to an alleged ongoing feud between rivalling factions.

Among those conditions included directions that both women reside at their current addresses, to observe a curfew, provide a mobile phone number and remain contactable.

A further condition, ordering the pair to refrain from uploading any material on social media relating to the alleged incident and other parties involved was also imposed by Judge Bernadette Owens.

Ms Dinnegan told the court she may be required to attend a number of medical appointments which could, as a result, compromise her bail terms.

Judge Owens said provided she provided details of those obligations, discretion would be allowed as she warned both women that should their conditions of bail be breached ahead of their next court appearance, gardaí would have liberty to re-enter the case.

Mother of three, Ms Duignan said she would be looking for a relaxation of her curfew conditions to allow her continue to work at leisure resort giant Center Parcs.

Judge Owens said the court had no difficulty in acceding to that request once prior notification was given to gardaí with Ms Duignan also being ordered to sign on each Saturday at Longford garda station.

Her co-accused was instructed to sign on daily as Ms Dinnegan called into question the severity of the court's bail terms.

"I am put on a curfew and I don't know why because I was attacked in a store," she said.

The case was adjourned to a sitting of Longford District Court on June 7 when DPP directions are expected to be made available.  

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