McDonald’s attack left young mum fearing she would never see her son again

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A woman left a young mum with concussion in a vicious McDonald's attack.

Sky Archer Armstrong, 21, set upon Orlaith Carey in an unprovoked attack which left the latter fearing she would never see her young son again.

Armstrong struck Ms Carey, 23, in the head a number of times in a Swords, County Dublin, in the early hours of the morning, the Irish Mirror reports.

She is likely to avoid a prison sentence for the assault when the case is finalised in May after a judge said she is reluctant to impose a prison sentence on a 21-year-old.

This is despite the defendant receiving a suspended sentence for a previous assault, Swords District Court heard.

Armstrong approached Ms Carey when she was with her friends in a McDonald's eatery. When she tried to grab one of Ms Carey's friends, she tried to stop Armstrong.

The aggressor then grabbed her hair and pulled her to the floor, striking her in the head a number of times leaving her with concussion after she banged her head off the ground.

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Ms Carey blacked out and was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where she was also treated for a swollen right cheek.

Armstrong pleaded guilty to assaulting Ms Carey in McDonald's on October 27, 2019.

She has three previous convictions including two for assault. Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said she is "very sorry and ashamed" of her actions.

The lawyer added: "She was abusing alcohol at the time and she is horrified at her own behaviour."

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Judge Sandra Murphy said it was a "very serious unprovoked assault".

"She got a suspended sentence in 2015 for an assault and it doesn’t seem to have had the required effect. But I am reluctant to impose a custodial sentence on a 21-year-old.

"If it wasn’t due to her age I wouldn't be going down this route. I’d be imposing custody.

"But it may have the opposite effect."

The case was adjourned until May 8 for a pre-sentencing probation report and four clear urine tests.

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