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Bride-to-be drunk on Champagne punched Luas staff

Published 23/02/2016 | 02:30

Ms Dean said Hoey had drunk a lot of free Champagne that had been on offer. Getty Images
Ms Dean said Hoey had drunk a lot of free Champagne that had been on offer. Getty Images

A bride-to-be spat in one Luas security guard's face and punched another after drinking too much free alcohol at a wedding fair, a court heard.

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Sheryl Hoey had been attending a wedding fair in Citywest Convention Centre in Saggart, Co Dublin, when she drank a lot of free Champagne that was on offer, Tallaght District Court was told.

Sergeant Michael Ahern told Judge John Lindsay that gardaí had been called to a Luas stop after reports of a woman fighting with another female.

He said Luas security staff had also been called to the scene and Hoey had spat in the face of one security guard and punched another one in the face.

Aggressive

Sgt Ahern said Hoey was very aggressive when approached by the gardaí and she was arrested.

Hoey (31), of Jervis Place, Upper Abbey Street, Dublin 1, admitted to assaulting two security guards at the Citywest Luas stop on January 10, 2015.

She also admitted to public drunkenness and breaching the peace at the Citywest Luas stop on the same date.

Hoey's lawyer, Gabby Deane, said Hoey - who is getting married in July - had been at a wedding fair in Citywest.

Ms Dean said Hoey had drunk a lot of free Champagne that had been on offer.

She said Hoey had blacked out and had no recollection of the incident.

Ms Dean told the court that Hoey was "extremely remorseful" for her actions.

The court also heard that Hoey had six previous convictions at the time.

Judge Lindsay commented that Hoey spat in one guard's face and punched another.

He said he would put the case back for a month to give Hoey the time to pay €250 compensation to each guard and he would strike it out.

Irish Independent

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