Monday 19 March 2018

Drunken ex-air hostess attacked garda in station

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Eimear Cotter

A FORMER air hostess who scratched a female garda on the arm after she was found drunk and dishevelled on a busy road has avoided a conviction

Pamela Webster (31) assaulted Garda Laura Caffrey after becoming irate when gardai removed her belt, shoes and laces before placing her in a cell.

Judge David McHugh applied the probation act after Webster completed 10 hours of voluntary work and wrote a letter of apology to the garda.

The defendant, of no fixed abode, had previously admitted to public drunkenness on the N3 and to assaulting Gda Caffrey at Blanchardstown Garda Station on August 22 last.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that gardai were on mobile patrol when they received a call about a distressed female on the N3.

Sgt Callaghan said Webster was sitting in the central reservation of the N3 when gardai arrived at the scene shortly after 11pm.

Sgt Callaghan said Webster was very drunk and dishevelled and was arrested for her own safety.

The sergeant said Webster was placed in a patrol car, but she got out and walked out towards oncoming traffic.

Webster also became irate in the garda station when gardai were searching her and she scratched Gda Caffrey's arm.

The court heard Webster has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor John ­O'Doherty said Webster had been drinking beer and shots with friends in a pub.

Mr O'Doherty said the group left the pub but there was an argument in the car and she got out, forgetting her handbag.

In relation to her behaviour in the garda station, Mr O'Doherty said Webster was ignorant about being arrested, and did not understand why gardai took her belt and shoelaces.

He said Webster worked for 10 years with a large airline, and travelled the world.

Mr O'Doherty also said ­Webster is now studying childcare and a conviction would impact on her future career.

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