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Friday 9 December 2016

Couple hurled abuse on Valentine's night

A couple arrested for hurling threats and insults in a row outside a club were upset because their Valentine's night had been ruined, a court heard. Stock Picture
A couple arrested for hurling threats and insults in a row outside a club were upset because their Valentine's night had been ruined, a court heard. Stock Picture

A couple arrested for hurling threats and insults in a row outside a club were upset because their Valentine's night had been ruined, a court heard.

Ian Murray (27) called a woman an "ugly tramp", and his then-partner Maxine Hand (26) threatened to "slap the face off" the woman's brother.

Dublin District Court heard everybody involved "regretted how it had panned out".

Hand, of Chancery House, Dublin 7 and Murray, of St Jarlath Road, Cabra, both admitted threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Judge John Cheatle fined Murray €200 and adjourned Hand's case. He said he would strike out her charge if she paid €100 to charity. Gardai were called to a row on February 15 outside Sin Nightclub on Sycamore Street.

Murray shouted a derogatory remark at Ciara O'Byrne, calling her an "ugly tramp", Garda Mark Fay said.

Hand was shouting and threatened to "slap the face off" Sean O'Byrne, Ciara O'Byrne's brother.

The garda said Mr O'Byrne "had winked at (Ms Hand) and that riled her up a small bit".

Hand had no previous convictions, while Murray had 10.

"He felt his night out had been ruined," his barrister Shaun Smyth said.

"It was the heat of the moment."

The accused are no longer in a relationship, the court heard.

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