Sister jailed over pepper spray outburst
A CONCERNED woman roared and shouted insults at gardai because she thought they were going to spray her brother with OC spray which might cause damage to his eyes, a court heard.
Julie Daly (37) admitted she "misread the situation", but she was worried the gardai would use pepper spray on her brother as he was recovering from an eye operation.
Judge Patrick Brady fined Daly €500 and sentenced her to 10 weeks in prison. The defendant, of Curran Park in Balbriggan, admitted before Swords District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour. The incident took place at Pump Lane in Balbriggan on July 2 last year.
Garda Conor Morris said he was on patrol shortly before 10pm when he came across Daly and her brother. He said he spoke to them, and she told him to "f*** off", and started walking away.
Garda Morris said he followed Daly, who started running away from gardai, and after a short foot chase she was caught.
The court heard Daly threatened gardai and violently resisted arrest, and Garda Morris was forced to spray OC spray in her face to fully restrain her.
Garda Morris said Daly had 39 convictions, mostly for public order incidents.
Defence lawyer Diana Stuart said mother-of-eight Daly misread the situation and thought gardai were going to spray her brother with OC spray. Ms Stuart said Daly was worried about her brother, as he had had an eye operation, and she didn't want the pepper spray to damage his eyes.
The lawyer said Daly, who is unemployed and on social welfare, had had a difficulty with alcohol for some time, but was not drunk at the time of this offence. Ms Stuart said the defendant reacted badly to seeing the OC spray.