Young woman (20) denies using false leg to attack garda
Published 18/01/2016 | 08:01
A WOMAN with a prosthetic leg has denied trying to kick and stab a garda with a “screw” on the stump while she was being arrested.
Mer Tim (20) allegedly became violent after a dispute in a Dublin pub, assaulted two female officers and kicked out with her amputated leg after the prosthetic fell off in the struggle.
Tim, of Lindisfarne Lawns, Clondalkin, denies breach of the peace and assaulting Garda Ciara Lennon at Dame Lane.
She also denies assaulting Garda Kelly Deslandes and violent behaviour at Pearse Street Station, all on May 25 last year.
Garda Deslandes told Dublin District Court she went to an unconnected public order incident at Sweeney’s Pub.
She alleged Tim said she was “going to punch the head off” a staff member.
She said Ms Tim was “hyper-aggressive” and tripped when Gda Lennon placed her hand on her shoulder, then refused help up.
Her leg detached, the garda said, and she was carried to the patrol van, where she “kicked out”.
At the station, she allegedly refused a search.
“The amputated leg had a screw protruding out of it where it attaches to the prosthetic and the defendant made attempts to strike at [a garda] with this screw,” Garda Deslandes alleged.
Tim lunged at her and punched her on the lip and she had to pepper-spray her, the garda said.
Gda Lennon said Tim struck her on the arm during arrest.
Tim would claim that she was pushed to the ground by Gda Lennon, humiliating her, her barrister said.
The initial dispute was nothing to do with her and she was only protesting that there was no reason to arrest her.
The stump was tender and even brushing off something could be “excruciating”, while the stud was not sharp, he said.
The case continues.