A woman described by her victim as “the Incredible Hulk in strength and rage” when she launched an unprovoked attack on her has been jailed for three years.
Alice Byrne (44) kicked and punched Sandra Comer in the stomach and chest as the victim was standing outside James Connolly Hospital having a cigarette with an acquaintance.
Byrne, of Horizon Buildings, Royal Canal Park, Ashton, Dublin 15 pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at James Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown on August 13, 2017.
She also admitted trespass and criminal damage at Clonshaugh Road, Coolock on October 1, 2015 and was sentenced to nine months in prison for that offence, backdated to December 2017.
Garda Gavin Coleman told the court that Ms Comer noticed Byrne shouting at a man calling him a heroin addict but did not look up as she didn’t want to draw attention to herself.
Byrne spoke briefly to the two women. Some time later they saw her “battering” the man she had been calling a heroin addict before she returned to Ms Comer and her friend.
Gda Coleman said Byrne started shouting at the two women: “What did you say to my fella?”
They replied they had said nothing and Byrne started shouting.
She initially walked away before Ms Comer said Byrne “was going for me full tilt” while the man was holding her back.
She said Byrne got free and “launched at me, kicked and punched me in the stomach”.
Ms Comer told gardai she was in the “foetal position” and Byrne was “like the Incredible Hulk in strength and rage”.
The man eventually got Byrne off her just as Ms Comer started to black out. The victim said she couldn’t see and she thought she was going to die.
Ms Comer managed to get inside and security was called. She was pumping blood and kept blacking out. She was hyperventilating and screaming.
Ms Comer’s friend told gardai that the victim was kicked in the face and there was blood everywhere.
Her witness statement said: “I couldn’t make out her face with all the blood.”
A victim impact statement said that Ms Comer needed several stitches and now has nerve damage to the side of her face. She said her life has changed since, she suffers both panic attacks and is depressed.
Her breast implants were affected by kicks she got to the chest during the assault.
Ms Comer has no feeling in her nose and upper lip, and has had to have two operations. She said she has a permanently disfigured face.
Judge Pauline Codd sentenced Byrne to four years for the assault case, with the final 12 months suspended.