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Monday 26 August 2019

Abusive to ambulance personnel

An ambulance crew called gardaí for assistance after a woman they were trying to help became abusive, Dundalk court has heard.

Mary Maguire (44), 3 De La Salle Terrace, pleaded guilty to being intoxicated in a public place and engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour on 25 June last.

Sgt Fintan McGroder gave evidence that at 5am at De La Salle Terrace ambulance personnel were dealing with a female complaining of chest pains.

She was extremely abusive and aggressive.

Following an assessment by paramedics, Maguire exited the back of the ambulance and started shouting abuse at gardaí.

'I won't say what she said,' the sergeant added.

The court was told the defendant had nine previous convictions, mainly for intoxication in public.

Solicitor Frank McDonnell said his client, a member of the travelling community, is a mother of one. She passes a lot of her time coming to court. She lives in very poor accommodation.

Mr McDonnell continued Mary Maguire endures a lot of hardship. To a large extent she is excluded from her family and community, and lives a lonely life.

Gardaí exhibited great patience with her in the past.

The solicitor said she does pay her fines at great loss to herself.

Noting the gardaí and ambulance crews are very busy, Judge Eirinn McKiernan said she was going to put an end to it (this sort of behaviour).

Mr McDonnell asked her not to take his client's liberty. He did not believe she would be suitable for community service.

The judge imposed a €300 fine for engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour. She took the other public order charge into account.

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