Saturday 17 August 2019

Face of woman who allegedly ripped pages from book of condolence for hero garda Tony Golden

Aine Rigney
Aine Rigney
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

THIS is the woman who allegedly damaged a public book of condolence for murdered garda Tony Golden.

Aine Rigney (52) is accused of ripping out a number of pages in a book of condolence, which was opened in Lucan Garda Station following the tragic death of Garda Golden in a murder suicide.

Gda Golden, a 36-year-old married father of three, was shot dead after responding to a domestic disturbance in Omeath, Co Louth.

As part of her bail conditions, Ms Rigney has been ordered to stay away from Lucan Garda Station and be of sober health.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter for hearing to a date next February.

Ms Rigney appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with damaging a public book of condolence at Lucan Garda Station on October 27.

The accused, of The Avenue, St Patrick's Park in Celbridge, Co Kildare, is also charged with violent behaviour in a garda station, threatening or abusive behaviour and failing to follow directions of gardai.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Sergeant Mary Doherty alleged that Ms Rigney was verbally abusive to gardai when she came into Lucan Garda Station.

Sgt Doherty alleged Rigney was told to calm down and leave, but she failed to do so.

The sergeant claimed Ms Rigney then ripped out pages from a book of condolence for Gda Golden that was in the public office of Lucan station.

Sgt Doherty alleged Ms Rigney left the station, but returned and was verbally abusive and violent towards gardai.

After some careful consideration, Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction, meaning the matters will remain in the District Court.

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