Sunday 20 January 2019

Beauty therapist who punched garda donates €1,000

Jenny Coleman paid €1,000
Jenny Coleman paid €1,000

A beauty therapist who punched a garda several times in the head and face has been ordered to do 240 hours of community service.

Jenny Coleman launched what was described as a "vicious attack" when gardai were called to her home after she had fallen out with her boyfriend.

The 21-year-old made a charitable contribution of €1,000 to the St Vincent de Paul Society.

However, when her solicitor asked Judge Dermot Dempsey if he would leave her without a conviction, the judge said: "What sort of message would I be sending out if I left her without a conviction after the vicious assault she committed on a garda?"

Coleman lashed out at Gda Aidan O'Halloran and shouted "What are you c***s doing here? I didn't call you" when they arrived at her home following a disturbance on St Patrick's Day.

She also shouted "Who the f**k do you think you are telling my boyfriend he can't go into my house?" after her mother had called the gardai.


Sgt Tony Tighe said there were people gathered in the front garden when gardai arrived. He said a male became abus-ive and, while he was being arrested, Coleman struck Gda O'Halloran in the face and head a number of times.

Coleman, of St Patrick's Close, Skerries, pleaded guilty to obstructing gardai, using threatening and abusive behaviour and assault.

Her solicitor told the court Coleman had difficulties with anger management and had had a disagreement with her boyfriend and "reacted disproportionally".

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