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Mother of two avoids record after ‘unacceptable abuse’


Dublin District Court.

Dublin District Court.

Dublin District Court.

A mother of two was arrested for hurling abuse at a woman outside a house in north Dublin.

Shannon O’Dwyer (28) began shouting obscenities when gardaí arrived at the scene.

Judge John Brennan said her behaviour was unacceptable but struck the case out, leaving her without a record.

Ms O’Dwyer, of Bow Lane, Kilmainham, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Harmonstown Road on December 29, 2020.

The prosecuting garda said he was called to an address where the householder said Ms O’Dwyer was not welcome.

When he arrived, O’Dwyer was standing in the doorway of the house, shouting.

She ran onto the road and shouted abuse back at the woman, calling her a “f**king c**t” and an “aul g** bag”.

Her abusive behaviour continued until she was arrested and brought to Raheny garda station. Ms O’Dwyer had no previous convictions.

The court heard that at the time of the incident, Ms O’Dwyer had not taken medication she was prescribed.

Judge Brennan took account of the fact that the incident arose in a domestic situation.

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