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Thursday 19 October 2017

Drunk who threw groceries around is barred from Londis

Leddy was very intoxicated and abusive, the court heard
Leddy was very intoxicated and abusive, the court heard

A young woman has been banned from all branches of a convenience store after she was arrested for drunkenly throwing groceries and abusing staff.

Tara Leddy (25) was ordered by a court not to enter any Londis shop over her behaviour in the incident.

Judge Michael Walsh fined her €300 and put her on a bond to keep the peace for a year.

Threatening

Leddy, a charity shop worker with an address at Depaul Ireland, St Peter's Place, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Sergeant Gail Smith told Dublin District Court Leddy was one of two women who entered Londis on Dame Street at 12.25am on October 17 last year and began to throw stock around the shop.

They were "literally picking it up and throwing it", Sgt Smith said.

The shopkeeper intervened to stop them and they verbally abused him.

A "bit of a kerfuffle" took place while other customers were in the shop.

The accused and the other woman were both stopped by gardai and arrested after members of the public pointed them out.

Leddy was very intoxicated and remained abusive to the gardai when she was arrested and charged.

Leddy had 27 previous convictions for offences including breach of the peace, the court heard.

Her criminal offending began after the death of her parents in 2011, her solicitor Christine Hanselmann said. Leddy began taking drugs and became homeless.

However, she had made "considerable progress" while dealing with the probation service, was "trying to change her life around" and was looking for her own accommodation, Ms Hanselmann added.

Embarrassed

Leddy was single, had no children and was working as a retail assistant with a charity.

She apologised to the gardai and was very embarrassed about the incident.

Ms Hanselmann asked the judge to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances.

Judge Walsh said a condition of the peace bond is that Leddy "stays out of all Londis stores".

The charges against the defendant were under Sections 4 and 6 of the Public Order Act.

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