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Sunday 26 January 2020

Mum's case over garda assaults is adjourned

Murphy, of Tulip Court, Darndale, had pleaded guilty to assaulting gardai and criminal damage to a garda uniform at (stock photo)
Murphy, of Tulip Court, Darndale, had pleaded guilty to assaulting gardai and criminal damage to a garda uniform at (stock photo)

A mother-of-four who assaulted two gardai while she was "berserk on a cocktail of drink and drugs" has had her case further adjourned.

Christine Murphy (44) had been "up all night abusing substances" when she kicked one officer and scraped another with her fingernails until he bled.

Murphy, of Tulip Court, Darndale, had pleaded guilty to assaulting gardai and criminal damage to a garda uniform at that address last February 16.

The case had been put back at Dublin District Court for pre-sentence probation and other reports.

Judge John Hughes noted that the accused had not attended all appointments with the probation service.

Murphy's lawyer said the accused was now clean of all substances.

Abusive

The judge said it was a "serious matter" and adjourned to February.

The court had heard gardai were called to Murphy's address at 10.40am.

She was in the kitchen and highly intoxicated when they arrived.

During arrest, she became abusive and violent, placing her legs against the door frame as gardai tried to get her out.

She tried to bite one of the officers.

When she was taken to the patrol car, she lashed out with her feet, striking one garda on the knee and grabbing his jacket, causing it to rip.

Murphy continued to lash out, connecting with the garda in the stomach.

She also used her nails to scrape the other garda, drawing blood from his left lower arm and leaving a "deeply embedded nail mark", the court had heard.

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