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Saturday 16 December 2017

Mum arrested after ex faked ecstasy suicide

A RECEPTIONIST whose ex-boyfriend staged a suicide attempt to get her attention when she ended the relationship called gardai to help him and was arrested herself.

Tracey Carolan (39) phoned for an ambulance, then gardai when her boyfriend Paul Kavanagh (32) swallowed a handful of tablets he pretended were ecstasy but were in fact Anadin.

She also jumped into a river and pulled him out when he threw himself in, in a second apparent attempt to kill himself.

But she was arrested and prosecuted for a public order offence when she took off a shoe and threatened to strike a garda with it because she felt officers were not helping.

Judge Catherine Murphy found her guilty of causing a breach of the peace but said she would strike the charge out if Carolan made a €100 charity donation. The judge told her: "You were under huge pressure and you were panicked and upset by what you thought Mr Kavanagh had done".

Carolan, a mother-of-two of Bawnlea Close, Tallaght, had pleaded not guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting words and behaviour.

Garda Claire Meehan told Dublin District Court the incident happened at Cloonmore Park, Tallaght on July 21 last.

An ambulance had left the scene after Mr Kavanagh refused to get in it. Ms Carolan told gardai Mr Kavanagh, who appeared "calm, collected and totally coherent" had taken ecstasy tablets and asked for him to be arrested for his own safety. The garda replied that she had no grounds to do so and Carolan called her a "stupid bitch" and began shouting obscenities.

"She removed her shoe and raised it up in the air in what I believe was an attempt to strike me," Garda Meehan said.

Carolan, a receptionist at a south Dublin camping park, told the court she met Mr Kavanagh for a drink that evening to end their 18-month relationship. The defendant had no previous convictions. Her solicitor Jeremy Ring said she had reacted to an out-of -control situation.

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