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Mum apologises for roaring abuse at gardai

A MOTHER of three who roared abuse at gardai after they arrested her partner has admitted that she completely over-reacted to the situation.

Apologising for her behaviour, Sandra Maguire (39) said she should never have got involved with gardai in the incident in Ballymun.

A judge fined her €100.

The defendant, of Woodhazel Terrace in Ballymun, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at Ballymun Road on February 25.

Garda Elaine Doyle said that gardai were arresting another individual when Maguire started following them, shouting abuse at them. The court heard Maguire has 13 previous convictions, none for public order.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said the defendant's partner was arrested by gardai, and she got involved and "went too far".

Ms Brennan said Maguire had three children, including a three-month old who had been unwell since birth. She said the defendant had her own health difficulties as well. Judge Eamon O'Brien fined her €100.