Thursday 18 January 2018

Young woman on disability allowance who kicked a garda will have to pay €500 compo

A YOUNG woman on disabilty allowance who kicked a garda will have to pay €500 to charity to avoid a conviction.

Judge John Lindsay heard that Danielle O'Connor kicked Garda Aidan Ferris while he was trying to arrest another male.

O'Connor, aged 21, with an address at Brookview Lawn, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda Ferris on Belgard Road, obstructing a garda and engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour at Abberley Square, all Tallaght, on August 7, 2011.

Presenting Sergeant Bernard Jones told Tallaght Court that at 3am the above date the gardai had been trying to arrest a male when O'Connor intervened and kicked a garda. He said O'Connor became violent and was "quite abusive and quite intoxicated".

Sgt Jones said O'Connor had no previous convictions and had apologised for the incident.

O'Connor's solicitor, Kevin Tunney, said his client wanted to apologise unreservedly for the incident in open court. He said O'Connor had originally pleaded not guilty and had a reason for pleading not guilty but stood over her guilty plea.

He said O'Connor was on disability allowance after breaking her leg.

Mr Tunney said O'Connor had never been in trouble before and asked the judge to leave his client without a conviction.

Judge Lindsay remanded O'Connor on continuing bail to a date in July for a payment of €500 to the St Vincent De Paul Breakfast Club. He said that if the monies were paid, he would apply the probation act but if the money was not paid, he will impose a fine of €750.

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