Sunday 17 December 2017

Bride-to-be punched and spat at Luas guards after wedding fair booze binge


Citywest Hotel
Citywest Hotel

A bride-to-be spat in the face of a Luas security guard and punched another one in the face after drinking free champagne at a wedding fair.

A court heard that Sheryl Hoey had been attending the event in Dublin's Citywest Hotel (right) and had consumed "a lot of free champagne" that was on offer at the fair.

Sergeant Michael Ahern told Judge John Lindsay that gardai had been called, as Hoey had been fighting with another woman.


He told Tallaght District Court that Luas security had been called to the scene and Hoey had spat in the face of one security guard and punched another one, also in the face.

Sgt Ahern said Hoey was very aggressive when approached by the gardai, and was arrested.

He said Hoey (31), Jervis Place, Upper Abbey Street, Dublin 1, had six previous convictions. She admitted to assaulting two security guards at the Citywest Luas stop on January 10, 2016.

She also admitted to public drunkenness and breaching the peace on the same date.

Hoey's lawyer, Gabby Deane, said she had been attending a wedding fair in Citywest, and that her client is due to marry in July.

Ms Dean said Hoey had blacked out and had no recollection of the incident due to the amount of free champagne she had consumed at the event.

The court was told that Hoey is "extremely remorseful" for her actions, and she pleaded with the court not to leave her with a conviction on her record.

The court heard that the accused had completed her Leaving Cert in 1996 and that she had worked as a shop assistant for more than 10 years.

Judge Lindsay commented on the fact that Hoey had spat in one guard's face and punched another.

He said he would put it back for a month for Hoey to pay €250 compensation to each guard, and he would strike it out.

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