Woman claims man threw her against shop shutter during Tralee assault

A woman has claimed in Tralee Circuit Criminal Court that she was grabbed around the throat by a man, lifted from the ground and thrown against a shop shutter. Tralee courthouse2 25 year old Marc O’Shea of 21 Casement’s Avenue, Tralee has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Catriona Dowling causing her harm on the night of August 14th 2013. The incident is alleged to have occurred in the Square, Tralee around 11pm while a band was playing as part of the Rose of Tralee Festival. Catriona Dowling from Ballyheigue told the court she was out with friends that night when Marc O’Shea stood close to her face and blew his cigarette smoke at her, poured a drink over her before grabbing her hair and throwing her to the ground. After she got up Miss Dowling alleged the accused followed her out of the Square grabbed her throat, lifted her off the ground and threw her against a shop shutter causing a cut to her forehead. Miss Dowling claims Mr O’Shea also threatened her. Defence barrister Brian McInerney put it to Miss Dowling that it was her and her friend Michaela Brosnan who had attacked Mr O’Shea clawing his face with their fingernails and he had been acting in self defence. Miss Dowling, who previously pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in a Tralee nightclub over six years ago, denied this. Mr McInerney also said if his client had grabbed Miss Dowling’s throat there would have been massive  bruises visible; Miss Dowling said the inside of her throat had been bruised in the incident. Mr O’Shea is pleading not guilty to the charge. The case before Judge Thomas E O’Donnell and a jury of seven men and five women continues.