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Monday 15 October 2018

Jail for mum who spat at post office customer before slapping garda

Mother-of-four who slapped a garda in the face after her arrest has been jailed for four months. Stock photo: Niall Carson/PA
Mother-of-four who slapped a garda in the face after her arrest has been jailed for four months. Stock photo: Niall Carson/PA

A mother-of-four who attacked another woman in a post office queue and slapped a garda in the face after her arrest has been jailed for four months.

Lisa Joyce (33) was found to have shards of broken glass in her pocket after gardai arrested her for spitting at and trying to kick the other customer.

Judge David McHugh sentenced her after hearing she attacked the woman while gardai were at the scene investigating a complaint of an earlier assault.

Joyce, of St Brigid's Lawn, Porterstown Road, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman and unlawful possession of shards of broken glass at An Post, Blanchardstown, on March 9 this year.

She also admitted assaulting Garda Laura Caffrey and violent behaviour at Blanchardstown Garda Station on the same date.

The court heard that when gardai went to An Post, they were told the victim and the accused had been in a dispute earlier in the queue. Joyce was still there.

Gardai took a statement from the other woman and went to the back office to view CCTV footage.

While there, they heard screaming and shouting and went back out and saw Joyce shouting at the victim, attempting to kick her and spitting at her.

She was aggressive toward gardai and resisted arrest, still kicking and spitting in the direction of the victim.

Aggressive

After her arrest, she was found with sharply pointed shards of glass in her jacket pocket and provided no explanation for this, the court heard.

While in custody, she was very aggressive and struck the jailer in the face with her fist.

Joyce attempted to conceal a lighter and when she was told to put it on the counter, she became aggressive and slapped Gda Caffrey across the face.

The court heard Joyce had 72 previous convictions for theft, public order and other offences.

The case was adjourned for the production of victim impact statements.

Joyce had been in custody since March this year, when she appeared in court for the production of a probation report.

She suffered from depression and anxiety and her children were all under the age of 13, defence solicitor Anarine McAllister said.

In the lead up to the assaults she had been in hospital.

Joyce had her birthday in prison last month, Ms McAllister said.

Judge McHugh imposed sentence for the assault of the post office customer and took the other charges into consideration.

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