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Saturday 19 April 2014

Woman dragged a female garda to ground by her hair

CASE ADJOURNED FOR PROBATION REPORT

A MUM-of-three who pulled a female Garda to the ground by her hair during a major public order incident in Muirhevnamor had the assault case against her adjourned last week for a probation report.

Susan McAreavey, (30), 3 Gort Nua, Station Road, Castlebellingham, was one of around 60 people who had been at a house party at Sliabh Foy Park on October 18 2009.

A crowd of between 50 and 60 people were outside and Gardaí arrived shortly after 5 a.m. Many of the people there were drunk and Gardaí were trying to disperse the crowd.

McAreavey was told to leave the area and got into a row with another person, which a female Garda tried to break up. McAreavey grabbed the Garda's hair and pulled her to the ground and it took two Gardaí, one using their asp, to separate the defendant from the female officer.

When McAreavey was brought to the station, she continued to be abusive. Inspector Martin Beggy said while the female officer was sore for a while after the incident, she was not off work and was not injured.

Solicitor Michelle Murphy said there was 'a lot of people, alcohol and violence' that night and her client had already been attacked twice before Gardaí arrived.

Ms. Murphy said her client didn't realise the woman who approached her was a Garda, she admits she had a lot to drink that night and she later apologised for her actions.

The solicitor said the incident was 'quite chaotic and frightening for a lot of people', adding that McAreavey is a married mum of three who had now given up drink completely.

Judge Flann Brennan said he wanted a probation report to be prepared and adjourned the case to January 9.

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