Ex-Cork camogie captain Ashling Thompson charged with assault

Triple All-Ireland winner due in court next month accused of assaulting two women

Cork camogie player Ashling Thompson pictured outside Cork District Court on Monday. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork camogie player Ashling Thompson pictured outside Cork District Court on Monday. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

 

Three time All-Ireland medal winner and former Cork camogie captain Ashling Thompson (28) has been charged with assaulting two young women at a night club in Cork last year.

Ms Thompson of Shinnagh, Newtwoshandrum, Charleville, Co Cork appeared at Cork District Court on Monday charged with two counts of common assault and one count of assault causing harm.

The State alleged Ms Thompson assaulted Aoife O’Flaherty at Secret Garden at Rearden’s on Washington Street in Cork, contrary to Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Ms Thompson was also charged with common assault contrary to Section 2 of the Act against Jennifer Coakley at the same location on the same date.

In addition, she was charged with a third more serious charge of assault causing harm to Ms Coakley contrary to Section 3 of the Act on the same location on the same date, February 25th 2018.

Sgt Gearoid Davis said gardaí were unable to obtain medical records in relation to the assault causing harm charge and he asked for the court to strike it out.

Judge Olann Kelleher granted the application but defence solicitor, Eddie Burke applied to have the charge of assault causing harm dismissed, which means it cannot be re-entered by the State.

The judge agreed and remanded Ms Thompson to appear again on February 18th on the two common assault charges in relation to Ms O’Flaherty and Ms Coakley.

Ms Thompson, who captained Cork to win the O’Duffy Cup in 2015, has also won two All-Star awards while she also won three All-Ireland club medals with her local club in North Cork, Milford.