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Wednesday 24 May 2017

Young woman verbally abused and spat at garda in 'animalistic' attack

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A young woman spat at a garda after calling him and his colleague "f**king tramps" and "f**king knackers" as they searched the car she and her then-boyfriend were in.

Meaghan Molloy-Maguire (20) also stuck her fingers up at the gardai after this verbal abuse took place.

She claimed her companion at the time, who was being arrested after it was discovered there was a warrant in existence for him, was a "negative influence" on her and caused her to react the way she did, Swords District Court heard.

Judge Dermot Dempsey called her behaviour "animalistic" and warned her she is facing custody if she does not comply with the Probation Service.

Garda David Smith and Garda Aine McGee approached the car, which was parked at the Great Gas service station at Turvey, Donabate, as the occupants were acting suspiciously.

The front-seat passenger, Molloy-Maguire's then-boyfriend, covered his face when gardai approached the car. They searched the car as there was a strong smell of cannabis and Molloy-Maguire began to shout at them.

Abusive

She called them "f**king tramps" and "f**king knackers" before sticking her fingers up at them. She then leaned across the seat and spat twice at Gda Smith.

Molloy-Maguire, who has no previous convictions, has an address at The Glen, Alderbrook, Ashbourne, Co Meath.

She pleaded guilty to assaulting Gda Smith and using threatening and abusive behaviour on July 12, 2016.

Her defence solicitor told the court the defendant "accepts full responsibility" for her actions.

"She was in a relationship with the man who had a negative influence on her," the solicitor said. "She reacted badly when he was being arrested," the solicitor continued, adding the defendant has now distanced herself from him.

"She is remorseful and embarrassed over her actions and she has tried to apologise to Gda Smith," the solicitor said, adding Molloy-Maguire has written a letter of apology.

Unemployed

The solicitor said Molloy- Maguire, who is unemployed, worked for three years at Tayto Park and in retail in Arnotts.

After the solicitor asked Judge Dermot Dempsey if he could leave the defendant without a conviction, he replied: "That's a big stretch for that sort of animalistic behaviour."

"Spitting at anyone, never mind a garda, shows there's an underlying problem and there is no extenuating circumstances to leave her without a conviction," said Judge Dempsey.

He refused to accept a charitable donation and ordered a probation report to see if the defendant is suitable for 240 hours' community service work in lieu of a month in prison.

He warned Molloy-Maguire she should comply with the Probation Service or she faces a custodial sentence. He adjourned the case until March.

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