Saturday 24 September 2016

Drunk bride-to-be who spat at Luas guards and hit them avoids jail

Robin Schiller

Published 19/03/2016 | 09:16

Luas Citywest stop where the incident happened, inset Sheryl Hoey
Luas Citywest stop where the incident happened, inset Sheryl Hoey
Sheryl Hoey

A drunken bride-to-be who spat in a Luas security guard's face and punched another one in the face has had charges against her struck out.

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Sheryl Hoey (31), paid a total of €500 compensation to the two security guards, Tallaght District Court was told.

Sheryl Hoey
Sheryl Hoey

The court previously heard Ms Hoey had been attending a wedding fair in Dublin's Citywest Conference Centre and had consumed "a lot of free champagne" that was on offer at the fair.

Judge John Lindsay heard that the gardai had been called over reports of two women fighting.

Punched

Luas security were also called and Hoey spat in one security guard's face and punched another one in the face.

The defendant was very aggressive when approached by the gardai and she was arrested. The court had heard that Hoey had six previous convictions.

Ms Hoey had admitted to assaulting two security guards at the Citywest Luas stop on November 10, 2015. She also admitted to public drunkenness and breaching the peace at the Citywest Luas stop on the same date.

Ms Hoey is due to get married in July. She was before Judge Lindsay for payment of €250 compensation to each security guard.

Her lawyer, Gabby Deane, said the compensation was in court. Judge Lindsay struck out the case.

At the previous court case, Ms Deane said her client had been attending a wedding fair in Citywest.

Pleaded

Ms Deane said her client had blacked out and had no recollection of the incident due to the amount of free champagne she had consumed at the event.

The court was told that Hoey was "extremely remorseful" for her actions, and she pleaded with the court not to leave her with a conviction on her record.

The court heard that the accused had completed her Leaving Cert in 1996 and that she had worked as a shop assistant for more than 10 years.

Judge Lindsay commented on the fact that Hoey - with an address at Jervis Place, Upper Abbey Street, Dublin 1 -had spat in one guard's face and punched another.

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