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Monday 19 August 2019

Health worker was legless drunk at gig and abused gardai

Gayle Duffy was intoxicated at a Mumford & Sons concert
Gayle Duffy was intoxicated at a Mumford & Sons concert

A health worker lashed out at medics and gardai tending to her, calling them c***s and b*****ds as she was lying drunk on the ground at an open-air concert in north Dublin.

Gayle Duffy was so intoxicated that she could not stand and, while she was being carried out of the Mumford & Sons gig at Malahide Castle by five people, she pulled the hair of another concert-goer.

The 47-year-old, from Co Antrim, said she had travelled to the gig in June for a "nice weekend", but admitted it did not turn out that way.

She was given until the end of the month to come up with a charitable donation if she wants to avoid a conviction.

Gda Liam Hynes told Swords District Court that the defendant was "found highly intoxicated, lying on the ground and unable to speak or stand".

"While first aid personnel were attending to her she lashed out, calling them c***s and b*****ds," he said.

Duffy was arrested and taken to the garda station.

Kicking

"While she was being carried out of the concert grounds by five people she continued to be abusive, kicking out and grabbing the hair of another concert-goer," Gda Hynes added.

The defendant, of Magheralave Park East, Lisburn, pleaded guilty to being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour.

She has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Bernard Stobie said the defendant is "a 47-year-old lady", to which Judge Dermot Dempsey replied: "Lady is a term used loosely with this carry-on."

Mr Stobie said his client had written a letter of apology to gardai, and added: "She severely overindulged in alcohol and is genuinely apologetic.

"She has worked in the health service in Northern Ireland for the past 12 years and is terrified if the court takes a certain view as it will have a devastating effect on her career."

Judge Dempsey asked if the defendant had "attended the garda station to apologise", which Mr Stobie said she had not.

Taking to the witness box, Duffy made an open apology in court, saying: "I am truly sorry."

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