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Sunday 4 December 2016

Mum who got into drunken row with neighbours was 'defending home', court told

18 May 2015; Sarah Keogh, left, (Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, charged with public order offences), and Michelle Rodgers, right, (Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, charged with public order offences) leaving CCJ. Parkgate Street, Dublin.
18 May 2015; Sarah Keogh, left, (Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, charged with public order offences), and Michelle Rodgers, right, (Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, charged with public order offences) leaving CCJ. Parkgate Street, Dublin.

A MOTHER-of-three who got into a drunken fight with neighbours was "defending her home" from people who were trying to get in late at night, a court heard.

Sarah Keogh (33) had been out drinking when the row broke out and gardai were called.

The accused, of Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness, causing a breach of the peace and garda obstruction on February 7.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned finalisation of the case at Dublin District Court.

The court heard gardai were called after a report of a fight between local residents.

They saw the accused involved in a physical altercation. She was intoxicated and became aggressive toward gardai. Keogh had no previous convictions.

There was a "certain amount of friction" in the neighbourhood, Keogh's barrister said.

When she returned after a night out, a number of people tried to gain entry to her home while her children were asleep. She was "defending her home", but fully accepted she impeded the gardai.

She wanted to work in childcare and the barrister asked the judge to leave Keogh without convictions.

Another woman, Michelle Rodgers (31), also of Bernard Curtis House, admitted similar charges in the same incident and her case was adjourned to another date.

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