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Thursday 28 August 2014

'Chronic alcoholic' who breached Protection Order while drunk, and threatened victim, is given benefit of probation act

Woman did an anger management course while in custody, court told

Published 03/06/2014 | 17:35

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Natasha Reilly of Broadmeadow estate in Swords pleaded guilty to breaching the Protection Order on May 17th at Broadmeadow estate

A WOMAN who breached a Protection Order when she was drunk and threatened to 'smash the face' off her victim has been given the benefit of the Probation Act.

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Natasha Reilly (34) had previously been remanded in custody with consent to bail but did not take up bail.

Reilly of Broadmeadow estate in Swords pleaded guilty to breaching the Protection Order on May 17th at Broadmeadow estate.

Garda Keith Delaney told Swords District Court that at 8.30pm he received a call that Reilly was drunk and abusive to her victim, threatening to 'smash the face' off the victim.

A Protection Order was in place against Reilly.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the 34-year-old mother of two had been in custody since May 19th and has detoxed completely.

'Her family is in court to support her,' said Ms D'Arcy.

'She used her time wisely while in custody and did an anger management course. Going into custody was the best thing for her as she is a chronic alcoholic.'

Ms D'Arcy said Reilly's primary focus now is to stay dry and re-build her relationship with her children.

Judge Dermot Dempsey applied the Probation Act.

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