Mother-of-three who hit neighbours with rolling pin gets six months jail
Published 12/09/2015 | 14:51
A mother who assaulted three of her neighbours with a rolling pin has been sentenced to six months in prison.
Lorraine Butterly (36) had denied assaulting Glenda and Peter Thompson and Ken Mullins, but was found guilty of the offences after Judge Dermot Dempsey said he did not believe her evidence and that she had "no credibility".
He said the Probation Report on Butterly was "not satisfactory", as she "still does not accept responsibility for the incident."
Judge Dempsey noted the report stated Butterly "still alleges the injured parties instigated the incident."
Butterly, of Coleman Crescent in Lusk had pleaded not guilty at Swords District Court to assaulting the three on September 17, 2013 at Coleman Crescent.
She further denied being in possession of a rolling pin.
At the hearing of the case, one of the victims, Peter Thompson, said he and another man were "struggling on the green area", in the estate.
He said the defendant came out of her house and started to hit him on the back with a rolling pin.
A second victim, Ken Mullins, said he heard a commotion outside at around 9.10pm.
When he went outside he tried to pull Mr Mullins away from the other man, but that Lorraine Butterly had come out of her house holding a rolling pin. He said she started to swing it aggressively at him and Peter Thompson, hitting them both.
He said he told Lorraine to "Get the f**k away" and Lorraine lunged at the third victim, Glenda Thompson, who arrived on the scene.
Ms Thompson said Butterly tried to lunge at her and "clawed" at her neck.
In her defence, Butterly claimed Mr Thompson "had tried to kick my door in" and that she had "no idea" where the rolling pin came from and denied striking anyone with it.
She said there had been ongoing disputes among the Thompsons, Mr Mullins, herself and another person.
The State solicitor put it to Butterly that it was not a case of "self-defence, but an act of aggression", but the defendant denied this.
After hearing all of the evidence, Judge Dermot Dempsey said he was not accepting the evidence of the defendant.
Butterly, who has four previous convictions, including two assault convictions, has three children.
Her solicitor said it was an "unfortunate situation which overspilled into the courts."
"The event went too far and it should have been resolved another way," Butterly's solicitor said.
Judge Dempsey sentenced her to six months in prison for being in possession of the rolling pin and two months in prison for each of the assaults to run concurrently.
He said he was not prepared to suspend any part of the sentence.
After he fixed recognisances, Butterly immediately lodged an appeal which means the penalties imposed cannot be enforced until the outcome of the appeal is known.