Tuesday 20 February 2018

Mum of five spat at garda during row

A woman who spat at a Garda sergeant during a public order incident in Dundalk has been given a suspended sentence.

Tara Bird, (27), 100 Castle Ross, admitted offences arising out of the incident at Bridge Street, shortly before 5pm on October 18. Gardai were called to the area and Bird was 'shouting and being argumentative towards another person on the street'.

Gardai said she was 'moving in a fanatic manner' and officers tried to calm her down because 'there was a woman with a child in a pram' and Bird 'continued shouting obscenities'.

Gardai said the defendant was drunk and during her arrest, she spat at a sergeant.

She has a number of previous convictions, Judge Flann Brennan was told, including for knife possession, theft and criminal damage. She had previously been placed on probation for nine months.

Solicitor Niall Breen said Bird is a mum of five children and is living on social welfare. He said: 'She's had a very difficult life with prescription medication and street drugs but she is due to go into Cuan Mhuire (treatment centre) shortly'.

Mr Breen added that the defendant is 'very sorry for her actions and for spitting at the Gardai, as well as for the abuse she gave him on the day.

She has been trying to get her life back on track by securing a place at Cuan Mhuire where she will be going in the coming weeks'.

But Judge Brennan said the matters before him were 'serious' and noted that Bird had previously been placed on a probation bond. He imposed sentences totalling nine months, but suspended them for nine months.

He said: 'She is due to go into Cuan Mhuire, but if she gets into trouble in the next nine months, she will serve that sentence'.

Irish Independent

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