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Mum-of-five in alleged threats case 'partying for 3 days', court is told

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Mum-of-five Leanne O’Neill had her bail revoked

Mum-of-five Leanne O’Neill had her bail revoked

Mum-of-five Leanne O’Neill had her bail revoked

A mother-of-five arrested on suspicion of threatening pharmacy workers had been having her children minded to give her a break during the pandemic and went "partying for three days", a court has heard.

Leanne O'Neill (29), who was intoxicated when she allegedly made the threats, had taken some "time out for herself" and it was a "crazy day", her lawyer said.

Dublin District Court heard she was granted bail under strict condition to stay away from the pharmacy but returned just hours after her release and made more alleged threats.

Her bail was revoked and she was remanded in custody.

Ms O'Neill, of Sheridan Place, in the north inner city, is charged with threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at the nearby Frederick Pharmacy, in North Frederick Street, on Monday.

The accused was first arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill at the Medipharm pharmacy, held in custody overnight and brought before Judge Colin Daly, who was told that she had told gardai when charged: "I'll burn her poxy shop down."

The prosecuting garda said directions would be sought on whether to bring further charges.

Judge Daly granted Ms O'Neill bail under strict condition that she stayed away from the pharmacy and did not interact with staff at the store in any way.

However, she was brought back before the court hours after her release.

Judge Patricia McNamara was then presiding and the garda told her about the earlier hearing and that since then, Ms O'Neill had gone back to the same pharmacy and allegedly threatened staff again.

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Ms O'Neill had still been at the premises when gardai arrived and they heard her say "I know where you live" to one of the staff members.

Gardai objected to bail again, saying they believed she would return to the pharmacy.

Defence solicitor Donal Quigley said Ms O'Neill, who is asthmatic, "goes to the pharmacy quite a lot" to collect medication.

In the initial incident, he said, she was not being allowed to get medication.

The court heard that Ms O'Neill told gardai she had been "partying for three days" and that she had "taken an illicit substance".

Mr Quigley said the accused's children had been taken by a family member for a few days to "give her a break" during the pandemic.

"She was taking some time out for herself," he said.

In the second incident after she was released on bail, she had been at the doctor next door and returned to the pharmacy to apologise to staff, the solicitor added.

She should not have gone back but was not familiar with the courts and was trying to "make peace", Mr Quigley said.

"It was a crazy day, like nothing she has ever experienced before," he added.

If the accused was refused bail she would be away from her children for several months.

"I have my children at home who are depending on me," the accused said, pleading for bail.

Judge McNamara refused bail and remanded Ms O'Neill in custody to May 26.