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Drunk woman assaulted staff at two Belfast bars within hours of being released from jail, court told

Belfast Magistrates' Court.
Belfast Magistrates' Court.

By Alan Erwin

A woman assaulted staff at two bars in Belfast city centre within hours of being released from jail, a court heard today.

Ciara Craig, 37, grabbed one woman by the hair after being told she was no longer welcome in her pub, prosecutors said.

Craig, of Drumachose Park in Limavady, Co Londonderry, admitted two counts of common assault and a further charge of disorderly behaviour.

All of the offences were committed last Friday afternoon.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard she had been asked to leave Brennan's Bar due to her state of intoxication.

A prosecution lawyer said Craig responded by grabbing the woman by the hair and trying to push her head against a door.

Police were then alerted to disturbances at the nearby Robinsons Bar.

Craig was shouting and swearing while being restrained by door staff, one of whom reported being assaulted by her.

With guilty pleas entered, her application for bail was opposed amid concerns about potential re-offending.

Defence solicitor Ciaran Moynagh stressed his client was remorseful and just wanted to get home to her ill mother.

Mr Moynagh disclosed that Craig had only been released from custody last Friday morning after serving a previous five-month sentence.

"She went straight to a bus station to get a bus home, but there was quite a delay and she ended up in the bar," he told the court.

"She lost her bag and that's where the agitation came from."

Refusing bail, however, District Judge Bonita Boyd held there was a risk of further offences.

She ordered Craig to remain in custody until a sentencing hearing next month.

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