Saturday 20 January 2018

'Over-excited' woman assaulted garda

Blanchardstown district court

Elaine Ward
Elaine Ward

A WOMAN who ran out of her house and assaulted a garda who was dealing with an unrelated road traffic incident has received a one-month suspended sentence.

Elaine Ward (34) had been drinking on the day as she had attended a confirmation and "got over-excited", her solicitor told Blanchardstown District Court.

Ward, of Moorefield Drive, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to being intoxicated, assaulting Gda Christopher O'Sullivan and using threatening and abusive behaviour last June 5.

She also pleaded guilty to the theft of €292 worth of groceries from Tesco in Hillcrest, Lucan, on February 27 last year.

Sgt Mark Kavanagh gave evidence that at 8.50pm while gardai were dealing with a traffic incident, Ward ran out of her house and tried to kick Gda Dominic Dowling and assaulted Gda O'Sullivan in a minor way.

He also said that at 2.30pm on February 27 last year, Ward, who has 11 previous convictions, filled a trolley full of groceries and tried to leave Tesco without paying.

Her solicitor said Ward had drink taken on the day and regrets what happened. The solicitor said she knew the person being arrested by gardai and tried to intervene and apologised.

Judge David McHugh said "any assault on a garda is an aggravated factor rather than a mitigating factor" and convicted her.

He also convicted and fined her €50 for the theft.

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