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Mum is jailed over threats to kill gardai

A MOTHER-of-one who threatened to kill gardai when she was arrested for causing a drunken disturbance has been jailed for three months.

Sandra Barbour (35) made the threats to officers after she was arrested for hurling abuse at people at an address in north Dublin.

She also refused to pay taxi fares in two separate incidents, including one occasion when she had taken a cab to a garda station to have a warrant for her arrest executed.

Judge Denis McLoughlin made the jail sentence concurrent to a term she is already serving for separate offences.

Barbour, with an address at Finglas Road, Glasnevin, pleaded guilty to two counts of refusing to pay a taxi fare, breach of the peace and failing to obey garda directions. She also admitted failing to appear in court.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were called to a domestic dispute at a flat at Drumcondra Road on June 9 last. When they spoke to the accused, they established there were two bench warrants out for her.

On February 24, she failed to pay a €14.30 taxi fare, running away from the vehicle. She was intoxicated at the time.

In another incident, a taxi arrived at a city garda station and the accused, who was a passenger, was intoxicated and refused to pay the fare.

On May 3, gardai were called to an address at Cloonlara Crescent, Finglas, where the defendant was highly abusive and threatening to people at 12.35am. When told to leave the area, she became more aggressive and resisted arrest. When brought to the garda station, she refused to sign a bail bond and "stated that she would kill members". She was highly intoxicated at the time.

The court heard she had 44 previous convictions, including public order offences. She was currently serving a sentence and was due for release in November.

Barbour had not worked for the last five years and was seeing a counsellor in prison for an alcohol problem that she had developed.