Friday 22 November 2019

Woman bent garda's fingers in search

Laura Dempsey pleaded guilty to possession of drugs
Laura Dempsey pleaded guilty to possession of drugs
Garda: File photo
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A young woman bent a garda's fingers back and screamed in her face as she was searched on a city street.

Laura Dempsey (25) pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply, obstructing a garda search and unlawful possession of scissors. Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the case for finalisation on a later date at Dublin District Court.

The court heard the incident happened at Beresford Place in the north inner city on December 1, 2014.

Garda Claire Caffrey was in plain clothes and saw the accused in what she believed to be a drugs transaction. When she approached and identified herself, Dempsey replied: "We know you are a guard."

The garda found a sharp scissors in her coat pocket and saw a plastic wrap sticking out of Dempsey's top.

The accused, with an address at Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 8, screamed in the garda's face that there was nothing there.


She then tried to put the wrap in her mouth. When the garda reached for it, Dempsey pulled her fingers back and pushed at her chest, still screaming into her face.

The garda took the wrap, which contained €105 worth of heroin. She "immediately felt pain" in her fingers, but no assault charge was brought.

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