Woman hit and racially abused her ex’s new girlfriend on the street in Dublin


Kim Porter was found guilty of assault

A woman beat up her ex-boyfriend’s new partner and hurled “demeaning” racial abuse at her in an attack on a city center street as onlookers watched and did nothing, a court has heard.

The victim fled onto an out-of-service Dublin bus, but Kim Porter, 28, and another attacker opened it with the emergency button and dragged her away to attack her.

Porter later told gardaí she “broke down” when she saw her ex and the victim, a beautician, kissing in the street.

Porter had denied assault but was found guilty in her absence when she failed to appear at Dublin District Court for her non-jury trial.

Judge John Hughes issued a warrant for her arrest and sentenced her.

The victim told the court that on July 10, 2020, she had just said goodbye to her then-boyfriend at Eden Quay and was crossing the street when she was attacked by the defendant and another woman.

Porter kicked her in the leg and the terrified victim boarded an out-of-service Dublin bus.

The driver closed the door, but the attackers pressed the emergency button, got in, grabbed the victim, kicked him in the back and dragged him away.

She lay face down on the floor, lost a shoe, broke a nail and had her hair pulled.

She crossed the street to a taxi and the attackers followed her, throwing a flask and a bottle at her head and shouting threats and racist insults “about being Chinese.”

They continued hitting the taxi before finally abandoning it.

The racial slur was humiliating and the attack was painful, with her back and legs injured and her hand covered in blood, the victim said.

She had never met the defendant before but said Porter threatened and bullied her on social media and she recognized her from her profile picture.

Porter told gardaí she “saw them kissing in the street” and “unfortunately I just collapsed”.

The victim said she now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, has difficulty getting out on her own for fear she will be “humiliated and beaten” and is “always looking over her shoulder.”

People had watched the attack and no one helped. Her attackers took away “my freedom and my peace,” she said.


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