Saturday 19 August 2017

Irish woman who won €38m in EuroMillions guilty of taxi driver attack

Margaret Loughrey scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last December
Margaret Loughrey scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last December

George Jackson

A woman who won €38m in the Euromillions has been ordered by a judge to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work for assaulting a taxi driver.

Margaret Loughrey, from Bridge Street in Strabane, Co Tyrone, also admitted causing criminal damage to the driver's glasses and satellite navigation system during an alcohol-fuelled incident outside her home on May 14.

A Public Prosecution Service solicitor told Strabane Magistrate's Court that Loughrey, who had no previous criminal convictions, also verbally abused police officers following her arrest after the incidents.

"She is a woman with a number of advantages and she accepts that her behaviour on this night was totally unacceptable" the court was told.

Deputy District Judge Sean O'Hare also ordered Ms Loughrey to pay restitution of €782 for the damage she caused to the glasses and also ordered her to pay the driver compensation of €280.

Irish Independent

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