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Monday 5 December 2016

Mum hit woman near garda station

Store Street Garda Station
Store Street Garda Station

A MOTHER-of-three smacked a woman on the back of the head outside a garda station when she refused to give her money, a court heard.

Tracey Doyle (31) had just learned that her father had died on the day when she carried out the assault.

Judge Ann Ryan put her on a peace bond for a year at Dublin District Court.

Doyle, of Clanbrassil Street, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman at Store Street last February 7.

She also admitted causing a breach of the peace in the same incident.

A garda said he was at the front counter of the station when the victim came in and complained that she had been assaulted by the accused outside.

She said Doyle had come up and asked her for money and when she turned her back on her she was struck on the head.

She went out and identified Doyle to the garda, who arrested her.

Doyle was highly intoxicated and hurled abuse at the garda.

The accused was so much under the influence on the day that she was not in a position to dispute the facts, her solicitor Aine Flynn said. She was shocked and embarrassed by her behaviour and apologised to the victim.

The incident was "very much out of character", Ms Flynn said.

"Her sister was in contact with her on the day to say her father had died."

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