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Saturday 22 September 2018

Woman shouted abuse at Christmas lights ceremony

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A woman was arrested at a ceremony for the switching on of Dublin's Christmas lights, after she began screaming abuse at a man in the crowd.

Anne Marie Byrne (32) had to be dragged away from the man by gardai during the incident on one of the city's main shopping streets, where thousands had gathered to watch the lights being turned on.

Byrne, of Blessington Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Henry Street on November 19.

Gardai on duty saw the accused was shouting and was in an altercation with a man in the crowd.

She had to be pulled back by the gardai while screaming abuse at the man.

In a previous incident, Byrne was arrested for fighting in public with a woman.

She was staying at an inner-city hostel when she damaged another woman's jacket with a lighter while it was drying on a radiator.

In another incident, Byrne spat at a garda.

Convictions

The accused had previous public order convictions.

In relation to the man the defendant was shouting at, the court heard there had been a previous incident and Byrne "met this particular individual".

She did not approach the situation the right way, her solicitor John Feaheny said.

The accused was on methadone and "like so many people who are homeless" swapped her drug addiction for an alcohol addiction.

"When you are on the streets you take whatever comfort you can wherever you can find it," Mr Feaheny said.

Judge Michael Walsh suspended the two-month sentence for a year.

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