A woman was arrested at the scene of a street row, during which she pushed a garda to get at her own sister.
Pamela Carroll (33) and her sister were having a dispute outside the family home in west Dublin when the officer intervened.
Judge David McHugh left her without a conviction, remarking that she appeared to be now “down on her luck” following the incident.”
Carroll pleaded guilty to public intoxication and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace at Shancastle Ave-nue, Clondalkin, on March 7.
Sgt Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that gardai attended the scene of a disturbance at 2.45pm.
The accused, of Main Street, Newmarket, Co Cork, was at the scene with her sister Donna Carroll and there was an argument between them, the court was told.
The gardai told the accused to desist but she failed to heed their warning.
They then tried to intervene in the dispute and Pamela Carroll pushed past a garda in an attempt to “get at the other lady” physically.
She was arrested and charged.
The court heard the defendant had previous convictions for public order offences.
The row had been a “dispute between sisters”, defence solicitor Simon Fleming said.
The accused had been staying at the family home, which was the scene of the incident.
Carroll had left the house and had been staying in homeless hostels. She and her partner had been sleeping rough when they were subjected to a “random attack”.
Mr Fleming said the defendant apologised and asked the judge to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances.
Judge McHugh said the accused seemed to be “down on her luck” and applied the Probation Act.
“If they can make up, well and good, but it’s a matter for her,” Judge McHugh added.