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Man jailed for attacking woman at anti-lockdown protest

A man has been jailed for attacking a woman with a wooden post during an anti-lockdown protest.

Michael Quinn received a two-year jail sentence for attacking Ruth O’Rourke, also known as Izzy Kamikaze, after he struck her over the head with a wooden post during a protest on the 12th of September 2020.

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Sentencing Mr. Quinn, Judge Martin Nolan described that attack as cowardly and that the behaviour of Quinn and his associates after the attack was reprehensible.

Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, had outlined to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court how Ms. Kamikaze had attended a rally in the city centre in support of frontline workers.

A yellow vest protest had also taken place on the same day near the Custom House, with protesters from this event making their way towards Kildare Street where a further protest against Covid-19 lockdown regulations was taking place.

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The 58-year-old told the court that she was struck by the post and fell to the ground.

She went on to say how the presence of herself and her friends was highlighted by a speaker from the platform which resulted in hundreds of protesters turning to them.

“The entire crowd turned towards us. They swarmed towards us with the aim of driving us off the street,”.

She said that protesters were shouting for her blood while adding, “Ten seconds is a long time to listen to a mob baying for your blood, especially when you’re lying on the ground,”.

She stated that she managed to get up while saying, “I thought I was about to die or receive life-threatening injuries,”.

With blood running down her face, Ms. Kamikaze said that she stood around for five minutes to exercise her “right to stand in the street”.

She added that Quinn’s assault “hurt himself and his movement far more than he hurt me”.

She spoke to media outside the court after Quinn was jailed.

Justin McQuaid BL, defending, told the court that Quinn has taken full responsibility for his actions and that he also takes anti-depressants, while adding that alcohol is a feature in his life. Judge Nolan suspended the final year on certain conditions.

IMAGE – “Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by infomatique

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