Friday 23 March 2018

Girl who headbutted garda to attend anger therapy course

Tom Tuite

A 17-YEAR-OLD girl who headbutted a garda has been ordered to get anger management counselling.

The girl, who also spat on six gardai during her arrest and detention, admitted at the Children's Court, Dublin, to attacking the officers during a drink-fuelled incident in Coolock, Dublin, on May 29 last year.

A Garda sergeant 6ft 2in in height and about double her weight was attacked twice by the girl. The court heard the girl spat in a female garda's face as she was being arrested for drinking beer in public.

The sergeant who had been trying to help arrest the teen was "kicked in the right upper thigh".

Later, while being held at Coolock garda station, the girl spat at two other gardai, one of whom developed conjunctivitis after being spat in the eye.

The teenager continued to struggle with a garda in the station, kicking her in the chest and then headbutting a male officer. A reserve garda also received a scrape to his arm.

On leaving the station with her older sister, the girl spat at the sergeant she had attacked earlier that day and then kicked him in the leg.

Yesterday, Judge Bryan Smyth placed the girl on six months' probation.

He ordered her to keep the peace, continue to accept guidance from her probation officer, complete a training course, and attend "one-to-one anger management counselling".

Irish Independent

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