Mum-to-be is guilty of bursting garda's nose
ABUSIVE: Judge describes attacker as 'a good person'
A DUBLIN woman has been found guilty of punching a garda so hard in the face the officer's nose "exploded with blood".
Kelly Reid (27) struck the garda with her fist, leaving her nose "pumping" blood all over her uniform in the attack in a city garda station.
Reid, a mother-to-be who is legal guardian of two other children, had been arrested for public order offences when she became violent.
She was cleared of two other assaults at the scene of her arrest in the south inner city.
Judge Catherine Murphy said she would leave her without a criminal record if she made a €500 charity donation, describing Reid as a "good person" who she did not expect to see before the courts again.
Reid was found guilty of assaulting Garda Susan McLoughlin at Kilmainham Garda Station, and failing to obey garda directions or give her name and address at Ewington Lane, Dublin 8 on July 4, 2008. She was found not guilty of assaulting Garda McLoughlin by pushing her and Garda Stephen Walsh by biting his hand on the same date.
Reid, with an address at the time at nearby Basin Street, had denied all charges, her defence claiming a Garda "conspiracy" against her. She had admitted striking garda McLoughlin, but claimed it was in self-defence.
Dublin District Court had heard Garda McLoughlin was on duty dealing with an abusive youth when Reid came from the direction of a nearby Luas stop.
"She began shouting and roaring at me to take my hands off him, leave him alone, 'you have no business touching him'," the garda recalled. Reid was directed to leave the area, but recorded the garda on her phone and continued shouting abuse, Garda McLoughlin said.
Assistance was called and the accused shouted that she was involved in a Garda Ombudsman case and would get the officers sacked.
At Kilmainham station, Garda McLoughlin and Garda Linda Loughlin were bringing Reid to a cell when she got one of her arms loose from their grip.
"She swung a closed fist at my face and it connected with my nose and left eye, causing my nose to bleed profusely," Garda McLoughlin said. Garda Loughlin said in evidence: "Garda McLoughlin's nose exploded with blood. I have never seen anything like that before."
The judge adjourned the case for two months for payment of the €500. She said she would either strike out the charges or apply the Probation Act.