*Photograph: Joe Buckley

A 13 year old Ennis girl assaulted a female Garda at Lidl in Shannon last October, a court has heard.

The accused, now aged 14, has appeared at the Children’s Court in Ennis where she pleaded guilty to the assault of Garda Ailish Hanly on October 14th last at Lidl, Tullyvarraga, Shannon.

The teenager – who can’t be named for legal reasons due to her age – has also pleaded guilty to a public order at the same location on the same date.

In the assault charge, the teenager has pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda Ailish Hanley, a peace officer acting in the execution of her duty contrary to Section 19 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The teen was accompanied to court by her mother and an Extern social care worker.

The teenager met with Gardai by appointment before court to be charged where she made no reply after charge and caution.

Solicitor, Tara Godfrey for the accused said that she has spoken at length to her client.

Ms Godfrey said that her client “accepts that her behaviour was improper on the date. There was some background to it but not sufficient to actually fight the case or win the case”.

Ms Godfrey asked that sentencing be deferred to allow a Probation Service be carried out on her client.

Ms Gofdrey said that her client has “very minimal schooling right now” but stated that Extern has been hoping to increase that and her client “is very interested in various past times and opportunities”.

Ms Godfrey said that her client was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of eight and had connections with HSE Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) but was discharged from that service

Judge Adrian Harris was told that there was no issue concerning bail for the accused and Judge Harris remanded her on bail to appear before court again on February 14th.

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