Saturday 7 December 2019

Up to 15 gardai had to physically remove woman from Criminal Courts of Justice after judge told her to leave

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

UP to 15 gardai had to physically remove a woman from the Criminal Courts of Justice when she caused a disturbance after being told to leave by a judge.

The woman began shouting and resisting attempts by officers to escort her out of the building's main hall in the middle of the day.

She was then arrested, put in a patrol van and driven away.

The incident unfolded while a sitting of Dublin District Court was taking place in recent days.

At around midday, the woman began to talk and mutter loudly while the court was in session before presiding judge Michael Walsh.

She had been sitting in the public gallery with a number of bags of belongings since the courtroom opened and and began to speak loudly as the day progressed.

No case involving her had been called at that point.

Judge Walsh asked for silence before gardai present tried to escort the woman out.

She refused to stand up or leave her seat and began to shout as two to three gardai lifted her up and brought her out into the hall.

While there, she continued to shout and resisted attempts to move her on. Eventually, assistance was called for and a large number of gardai, many of whom were wearing stab-proof vests, lifted and walked the woman to the front door of the complex on Parkgate Street.

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