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Sunday 4 December 2016

'Out of control' teenager headbutted security guard

Dublin District Court

Melissa McCann of Bridge Road, Glencullen
Melissa McCann of Bridge Road, Glencullen

A TEENAGER was "out of control" when she headbutted a security guard in the face as he escorted her out of a fast food restaurant, a court heard.

Melissa McCann (19) was given a two-month suspended sentence for the attack on a doorman at a Dublin city centre McDonald's.

Judge Anthony Halpin remarked that she had "a bit of a temper".

McCann, with an address at Bridge Road, Glencullen, pleaded guilty to assaulting the security guard at the restaurant on O'Connell Street Lower on April 23 last.

Dublin District Court heard security became aware of a woman hassling members of the public at 7.30pm. The defendant was being escorted from the premises when she became aggressive and headbutted the guard in the face, cutting his lip.

A description was given to the gardai and McCann was arrested later. She had three previous convictions for assault.

McCann was intoxicated at the time and apologised for the offence, her solicitor Michael French said.

She came from a "dysfunctional' background but was making "great strides" addressing her issues, Mr French said.

Judge Halpin said that, irrespective of reports that were handed in to court, McCann "had to know the difference between right and wrong".

"There is a certain standard of conduct we in society expect of other people. You can't go around headbutting people," Judge Halpin said.

"I am surprised, it's not usually a trait of a woman to go around headbutting people."

He added that she had been "out of control".

McCann also admitted having a screwdriver that was found on her later.

The judge took this charge into consideration and suspended the sentence for two years.

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