A MOTHER of one bit a female garda's arm in a drunken rage, leaving a deep wound, when officers investigated a row at a house party.
Zanele Ahmed (36) went on to bite a second officer and kick him in the head as she was being arrested.
Ahmed, with an address at Mountjoy Square, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to one garda and common assault on another, breach of the peace and public drunkenness.
The offences all happened in McUilliam Way, Tallaght, last January 28.
Judge Alan Mitchell adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report.
Dublin District Court heard gardai were called to a disturbance and found the accused extremely drunk. She became very abusive and aggressive towards the officers, lashing out at them.
She had to be pepper-sprayed before she was eventually subdued and handcuffed.
On the way back to Tallaght Garda Station, she was in a patrol car when she bit one of the gardai on the arm, breaking the skin and inflicting a deep cut.
When another officer tried to stop her, she bit his arm, causing bruising. She then began kicking out, catching the same garda with a kick to the side of his head.
The female garda attended hospital and blood tests were carried out, but these were all clear. She was given a tetanus shot.
The defendant, who had no previous convictions, was from South Africa and came to Ireland as a business management student in 2006.
She had been at a house party with her partner and some friends, her lawyer said.
An altercation broke out during which the accused alleged she was cut by a glass.
When the gardai arrived, she became agitated because she felt they were not dealing with her alleged injury.
She was very embarrassed and apologetic.
She could not remember anything and was surprised by her own actions.
Zanele's daughter was Irish-born and the accused intended to stay here, her lawyer said.
Judge Mitchell said it was open to him to suspend a prison sentence on condition that the accused leaves the country.
He sought a probation report.
He warned that if Zanele did not cooperate she would be in prison for Christmas.
"You are not going to get off lightly on this," he warned.
"If you want to make Ireland your home, you had better obey the laws."