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Saturday 7 December 2019

Mum 'put children in front of door to block garda access'

Olivia Condon
Olivia Condon

A mother put three of her children behind a front door after refusing to open it to gardai, a court has heard.

Olivia Condon (40) admitted not opening the door, but strenuously denied using her children to block it.

She claimed she had been "stressed", her children were screaming and she did not know who was at the door.

She also claimed she did not see the search warrant until gardai were leaving the scene.

Judge Miriam Walsh fined Condon €400 and imposed a three-month sentence, suspended for six months.

The defendant, of Reamount, Lusk, admitted obstruction of gardai.

Gda Nikki McMorrow told Swords District Court that she obtained a search warrant to search the defendant's home last April 4.

Gda McMorrow said she knocked on the front door, but there was no answer.

She said she could clearly see Condon standing near the front window.

The defendant shouted: "F**k off. I'm not answering the door."

Roaring

Gda McMorrow said she knocked numerous times and told Condon she had a warrant to search the property.

She also told Condon gardai would breach the front door if she did not open it.

The garda said Condon put three of her children in front of the door so gardai could not force their way in and that Condon was roaring and shouting out of the window.

Gda McMorrow said Condon eventually answered the door and gardai gained entry.

In her evidence, Condon said she was at home when she saw several men gesturing to her son to open the door.

She was not sure who they were so she hesitated.

One of the children started screaming, and she had tried to calm him down, she added.

Gda McMorrow said she was in uniform, had the original warrant in her hand and was showing it to the defendant.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Condon, who worked as a shop assistant, deeply regretted the incident and realised she should have opened the door sooner.

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