Saturday 27 May 2017

Up to 15 gardai forced to remove woman from court

A woman is forcibly removed by a large number of Gardai at the CCJ Dublin.
Pic: Justin Farrelly.
A woman is forcibly removed by a large number of Gardai at the CCJ Dublin. Pic: Justin Farrelly.

Andrew Phelan

UP to 15 gardai had to remove a woman from the Criminal Courts of Justice when she caused a disturbance after a judge told her to leave.

The woman began shouting and resisting attempts by officers to escort her out of the building’s main hall in the middle of the day.

She was then arrested, put in a patrol van and driven away.

The incident unfolded during a recent sitting of Dublin District Court.

At around midday, the woman started to talk and mutter loudly while the court was in session before judge Michael Walsh.

She had been sitting in the public gallery with a number of bags of belongings since the courtroom opened and began to speak loudly as the day progressed.

No case involving her had been called at that point.

Judge Walsh asked for silence before gardai tried to escort the woman out.

REFUSED

She refused to stand up or leave her seat and began to shout as two to three gardai lifted her up and brought her out into the hall.

While there, she continued to shout and resisted attempts to move her on.

Eventually, assistance was called for and a large number of gardai, many wearing stab-proof vests, lifted and walked the woman to the front door of the complex on Parkgate Street.

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