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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Drunk mum-of-one spat in garda's face

THIS is the drunken woman who spat in the face of a garda while he was driving a patrol car.

Tara Brennan (24) had been arrested after she was refused entry to her sister's home.

A court heard that she was sitting in the back of a patrol car when she leaned forward and spat in the face of Garda Kevin Cooney.

He was driving Brennan to a garda station at the time of the assault.

Judge David McHugh ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in September.

The defendant, with an address at Russell Square in Tallaght, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to assaulting Gda Cooney.

The incident, contrary to the non-fatal offences against the person act, took place at St Ronan's Avenue in Clondalkin on January 4 last.

Gda Cooney said he was called to St Ronan's Avenue around 9.30pm following reports of a public order incident.

He said Brennan had been refused entry to her sister's house.

Gda Cooney said Brennan was drunk and was shouting and roaring, and was directed to leave the area.

Gda Cooney said Brennan failed to leave the area and she was arrested.

As he was driving the patrol car and bringing her back to the garda station, Gda Cooney said Brennan leaned forward and spat in his face.

The garda was uninjured in the assault.

The court heard Brennan has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Brennan, a mother of one, is unemployed and on social welfare. He said she has been out of the family home for over a decade, and is receiving help from Sophia Housing.

Mr Hanahoe also said Brennan would benefit from the help and guidance of the Probation Services.

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