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Dolores O'Riordan set to be sentenced today for alleged air rage incident

Ed Carty

Published 24/02/2016 | 06:45

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has been spared a criminal conviction and give a 6,000 euro fine
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has been spared a criminal conviction and give a 6,000 euro fine

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is expected to be sentenced today for head-butting and spitting on a police officer following an alleged air rage incident.

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The multimillion-selling artist pleaded guilty last December after being arrested at Shannon Airport in Ireland on November 10 2014 following a disturbance on a transatlantic flight.

The singer, who was diagnosed as suffering bipolar disorder after the incident, admitted four offences including assault and obstructing a garda after being taken off an Aer Lingus flight from New York's JFK airport.

As she was being arrested, O'Riordan told officers that she was an icon and the Queen of Limerick.

The trial at Ennis District Court late last year heard that she accused one officer of groping her and sexually assaulting her during the arrest, a claim which has since been retracted.

A number of medical reports were given to Judge Patrick Durcan following the trial, with the court told that medics have suggested the singer was suffering hypomania, sleep deprivation and paranoia at the time of the incident.

Following the trial, she was ordered by the judge to write letters of apology to all those affected in the incident while he considered sentencing.

The 44-year-old mother of three children, aged 18, 14 and 10, has been living in New York. She separated from her husband Don Burton in the months before her arrest.

Renowned for her distinctive singing voice, O'Riordan is back working in the music business.

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