Pulled Garda by the hair

A serious confrontation developed between Gardai and a crowd of 50-60 people who appeared to have been at a party at a house at Slieve Foy in the early hours of October 18 last, Dundalk Court heard last Wednesday.

A serious confrontation developed between Gardai and a crowd of 50-60 people who appeared to have been at a party at a house at Slieve Foy in the early hours of October 18 last, Dundalk Court heard last Wednesday.

A 31-year-old woman, Susan McAreavey, Gort Nua, Station Road, Castlebellingham appeared on three public order charges.

Inspector Martin Beggy said that Gardai were called to the scene at 5.15am There was a crowd of 50-60 people who were “quite boisterous”. Some people were trying to fight among themselves. Defendant had been told by Gardai to move on but did not do so.

Defendant had pulled Garda Gorman by the hair and then pulled her to the ground.

It had taken a number of Gardai to separate the defendant from the grip of the Garda. “Susan McAreavey was very drunk and disorderly”, he said. The Garda had been sore and shocked following the incident.

The court was told she had no previous convictions.

Solicitor Michelle Murphy said that there had been a lot of people present and there had been a lot of violence.

His client had already been attacked twice on that evening. The solicitor said that his client, who was married and had three children, said that if she had realised Garda Gorman was a member of the force she would not have fought back. “It was a frightening and chaotic experience for her”. Judge Flann Brennan put the case back to January 16 for preparation of a probation report.