A south Armagh woman who punched one garda, bit another officer and kicked a garda sergeant during a public order incident on St. Patrick’s night has avoided a conviction at Dundalk District Court after paying €500 to the court poor box and the same amount again to the Garda Benevolent Fund.
The defence solicitor told the court his client was ashamed of her behaviour and would lose her job if a conviction was recorded.
The court heard the defendant - who became aggressive and agitated while door staff were dealing with an unconscious man outside a licenced premises in Dundalk around 2.30am, punched a garda on the side of the head and had to be restrained on the ground.
The court was told Donna Toner (27) of Freduff Road, Cullyhanna bit another garda on arm and struck a sergeant's legs, when she kicked out as she was being placed in a patrol car.
The court heard the accused had not been out for a considerable time and was deeply ashamed and has a very poor recollection of events.
The defence solicitor said his client wishes to apologise and handed in character references from her employer, her parish priest and her camogie club.
He added the accused has abstained from alcohol since and says she has no intention of drinking again.
The solicitor urged the court not to record a conviction as he said she would lose her job and she holds a very responsible position.
He added the defendant has had many sleepless nights over the incident and was in a position to make a donation to whomsoever the court wished.
Judge Flann Brennan found the facts proven and dismissed the case after €500 was paid to the court poor box and €500 to the Garda Benevolent Fund and added "She is very wise to cease drinking if it results in this kind of behaviour particularly if she can't remember it."
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