Wednesday 20 February 2019

Former drinker can't recall kicking and damaging car

Mary Teelan has ‘cleaned up her act’, court was told.
Mary Teelan has ‘cleaned up her act’, court was told.

A Mum-of-two who angrily kicked the door of a car outside a garda station after she was released from custody had no memory of the incident.

Mary Teelan (28) was drinking heavily at the time and getting into trouble, but claimed she had "gotten sick" of drink.

She told Dun Laoghaire District Court she had cleaned up her act since meeting her partner and having two children.

Judge Anne Watkin ordered Teelan to enter into a 12-month probation supervision bond.

She had previously paid for the damage she caused.

Teelan had admitted damaging the door of a car at Corrig Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, on December 23, 2014.

Gda Gavin Fleet said Teelan had just been released from custody when he heard a noise outside.

He said Teelan had come out of Dun Laoghaire Garda Station and kicked the door of a car, which was parked nearby, causing a dent and €150 worth of damage.

Gda Fleet said Teelan did not know the car owner and the incident was "pure vandalism".

The court heard the defendant, of Dargle Heights, Fassaroe, Bray, Co Wicklow, was drinking heavily at the time of the incident.

Defence lawyer Kim Moloney said Teelan was no longer drinking. She added that her client was now a mother and in a steady relationship.


Teelan claimed she has "cleaned up her act" since becoming a mother and has not had a drink in more than a year, "not even last Christmas", she added.

Teelan told the court she "got sick" of drinking all the time.

Reading from the probation report, Judge Watkin noted that Teelan is no longer associating with negative peer groups.

The judge ordered Teelan to enter into a probation bond for a year and warned her: "Break it and you'll be doing jail."

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