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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Drunk mum on Prozac used graveyard as toilet

A MOTHER-of-two who hurled abuse at gardai when they caught her urinating in a city graveyard had taken a mixture of prozac and alcohol on the night, a court heard.

Deborah Alehno (37) was "not in her normal mental state" when she caused the disturbance.

A judge said although her behaviour had been "obnoxious", he would strike out public order charges if she made a charity donation.

Alehno, of, Hunter's Hall, Ballycullen Road, Dublin 24 pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to urinating in public, public order offences and violent behaviour in a garda station.

Garda William McConalogue told the court he was on patrol at Camden Row, Dublin 8 on June 27 when he saw the defendant among a group of people trespassing at the graveyard at St Kevin's Park, behind locked gates.

He saw the defendant urinating in the cemetery and told her to leave.

"She became very abusive and aggressive, she shouted at us to f**k off, she called us ugly c***s and refused to give her name and address," the garda said.



apologised

The court heard the abuse continued at Kevin Street Garda Station after she was arrested.

Barrister Keith Spencer said Alehno was very ashamed of her behaviour on the night.

"She had taken prozac and the combination of that and drink led her into this situation," Mr Spencer said. "She wasn't herself on the night."

The defendant had no previous convictions and had never been in trouble before. She had also not come to the attention of the garda since the incident. She apologised profusely for what happened.

Judge John O'Neill said her apology would have carried more weight if it had been made it to the gardai before the court date.

He asked Mr Spencer why the defendant had been so abusive to the gardai.

"I don't think she is in a position to explain it," he replied. "She wasn't in her normal mental state on the night, she was doing things that were completely uncharacteristic."

Garda McConalogue said the defendant's attitude changed towards the end of the night, when she had sobered up.

Judge O'Neill said the garda had been "very fair" and adjourned the case to a date next month for payment of €100 to charity.

He said he would strike out the charges if this was done, but otherwise the accused would be convicted and fined.

aphelan@herald.ie

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