Threatened to lure paramedic to estate and kill her

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Threatened to lure paramedic to estate and kill her

A mother of six threatened to lure an advanced paramedic back to a local housing estate and kill her in the back of an ambulance, Dundalk district court was told last week.

Christine Reid (43) with an address at Castleross, Dundalk was prosecuted for using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour arising out of the incident at Woodview Park, Dundalk on August 17th last.

Garda Insp. Martin Beggy explained that an advanced paramedic had responded with an ambulance crew to a suspected overdose involving a youth.

The defendant was present and while paramedics were walking the patient towards the ambulance, Christine Reid interfered verbally and was asked to step back.

Insp. Beggy said the accused took exception to this and said "I'm sick of you...I'm going to kill you".

She said she would make a 999 call to lure the woman back and kill her in the back of the ambulance.

Insp. Beggy said while the defendant didn't follow through on the threat, the advanced paramedic would have had concerns at the time.

Christine Reid told gardai that anything she said was in reply to the attitude she perceived, but she indicated her regret at the comments made and apologised a number of times that evening.

The court heard she had a number of previous convictions for theft, the most recent in 2009.

The Defence solicitor said the words used on the day were "not sincerely uttered". She had alcohol consumed and became distressed as she knew the person who was being treated.

He described her intervention as entirely inappropriate and added that she has had addiction issues in the past.

She has had very difficult circumstances and has lost a number of family members.

The solicitor stressed while his client is not out of the woods yet, she is undergoing counselling and hasn't come to adverse notice since the date of the offence and he hopes this is just a blip.

Judge Alan Mitchell put back the case to September 14th for a Probation report to look into the likelihood of reoffending and whether the accused needs further support.