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Student denies throwing egg which hit woman in the eye

By George Jackson

Published 07/04/2016

A student has gone on trial at the Crown Court in Londonderry charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on a 24-year-old woman by throwing an egg which hit her in the left eye
A student has gone on trial at the Crown Court in Londonderry charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on a 24-year-old woman by throwing an egg which hit her in the left eye

A student has gone on trial at the Crown Court in Londonderry charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on a 24-year-old woman by throwing an egg which hit her in the left eye.

The jury heard the woman suffered permanent damage to her iris and damage to her retina.

A Public Prosecution Service barrister said medical evidence would show the woman, in future, would suffer loss of visual acuity in the eye.

Connell O'Brien (21), from Elmvale in the Culmore area of the city, denies throwing the egg. He is alleged to have committed the offence in the early hours of June 14, 2013, at Glenowen Park, where the woman lives.

The prosecutor said the victim was with a friend in Glenowen Park when she noticed cars arriving in the street. She was hit by a number of eggs. The victim told police she saw the front seat passenger in a Ford Focus leaning out of the window throwing something which struck her eye.

The woman's friend got into his car and they drove after and caught up with the Ford Focus.

The driver wound down his window and asked the front seat passenger "are you the boy who threw the eggs?"

The prosecution barrister said the Focus accelerated away and was driven around the roundabout in the wrong direction.

The woman was later treated at Altnagelvin Hospital and police were contacted.

On December 31, 2013, the defendant was interviewed at Strand Road Police Station. He told officers he was in a car with friends on the night of the incident. He said a car with a Republic of Ireland number plate drew up alongside them. A group of youths were in the car but the defendant did not know them. The defendant said the youths told him they had eggs and "did he fancy a laugh?". He told police he saw youths in the other car throw eggs in Glenowen Park before driving off.

He said he and his friend drove off but stopped at the Culmore roundabout and a car pulled up alongside. He said he saw a female passenger in the car pointing at him and heard her screaming.

The prosecution barrister said during his police interview the defendant admitted he was a front seat passenger in a Ford Focus but denied throwing eggs at the injured party.

The trial continues.

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