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Sky Elgar. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Sky Elgar. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Sky Elgar. Photo: Caroline Quinn

A BAREFOOT woman who waved two large kitchen knives at gardai believes she was suffering from acute paranoia at the time after her drink was spiked at a party, a court heard.

Sky Elgar (35) was involved in a 30-minute stand-off with armed gardai after she refused to drop the knives.

Elgar, of Willow Wood Green, in Hartstown, believes her drink must have been spiked at a party and she was suffering from acute paranoia at the time of the incident.

Judge David McHugh convicted and fined Elgar €100.

She admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness and unlawful possession of a weapon outside her home on January 5.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to the scene around 5am and found Elgar, who was barefoot, walking up and down along the road outside her home carrying two large kitchen knives.

 

Standoff

Sgt Callaghan said Elgar began waving the knives at gardai. She was asked to drop them but she refused to do so and was involved in a stand-off with gardai for over 30 minutes.

The sergeant said armed gardai had to be called to the scene, and they eventually subdued Elgar, but not before she ran in and out of a number of gardens.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Elgar ended up in hospital after this incident.

She had been at a social function where illicit substances were being taken. She was not taking anything, but she thinks she must have been given a drink with something in it.

Ms Brennan said Elgar believes she was suffering from acute paranoia.

The court heard that Elgar caused damage to her own house and left the house because she believed she was at risk.

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