Dungiven woman assaulted two social workers and police officer - court hears

Limavady Courthouse.
Limavady Courthouse.

A 55-year-old Dungiven woman found guilty on tendered evidence of assaulting a police officer and two social workers has been told she must appear at court next month.

District Judge Liam McNally said having listened to the evidence from the social workers and the police officer at Limavady Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday he found Finvola Veronica Bradley guilty of all three offences which occurred on 17th December, 2014.

Bradley, whose address was given as Turmeel Road, Dungiven, did not appear in court on Wednesday for the case which was listed as a contest. Defence solicitor John Fahy said his client had no previous convictions.

The court heard from the social workers and the police officer.

District Judge Liam McNally said the social workers and the police had attended Bradley’s home lawfully and there was no justification “for a mother to come in and act in this way”. He said one social worker was “pushed clean off her feet” by Bradley, while she had grabbed another by the wrist, and that she had grabbed the police officer around her neck.

Judge McNally said it had been a serious assault on the social workers and was “too serious” to be dealt with by way of a fine. He said he needed Bradley to be in court and adjourned sentencing until 12th August.

District Judge McNally warned if Bradley did not appear he would issue an arrest warrant.