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Mum shouted 'disgusting' abuse at a female garda

A CHARITY worker who screamed "disgusting" abuse at a female garda in the street was upset because she had found a suicide note from a family member, a court heard.

Pauline Connor (49) was asking for a light for a cigarette from a woman who was undergoing a drug search by the undercover officer, who she subjected to an obscene rant.

Dublin District Court heard Connor was distressed after finding a suicide note from a relative who was subsequently found safe.

Fining her €100, Judge Anthony Halpin said that while she was dedicated to her work on soup runs for the homeless, she seemed to have a "parallel character" that led to her abusing the garda.

Mother-of-two Connor, of Ross Road, Christchurch, Dublin, pleaded not guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace at Abbey Street Lower last February 17.

Gda Shona Moran said she was carrying out a drugs search on a woman under Operation Spire when the accused approached and asked for a light from the suspect.

Gda Moran identified herself as an officer and told her to leave the area.

CAUTIONED

"She began abusing me, calling me a c**t and telling me to go f**k myself," the garda said.

"I cautioned her to leave the area again and she started shouting at the top of her voice."

Connor used the c-word five times in front of a large crowd, refusing to leave and was arrested. She said she was sorry when charged.

The accused gave evidence that she had been to Store Street garda station because she was concerned about the suicide note she had found.

Contact was made with the person who wrote it, and she said she had got off a Luas on her way to look for the relative.

She was upset about this, as well as being "heartbroken" about her eldest brother's recent death from cancer, she said.

Connor said she initially did not know she was speaking to a garda and claimed that Gda Moran told her to "get away, get away now".

She admitted she used obscene language up to three times because of "the way I was spoken to – I felt like I was being looked down on".

Convicting her, judge Halpin said: "I think that word she used is a disgusting word, it is used to denigrate people.

"It seems to me that Ms Connor has a parallel type of character. She helps the needy, then she treats someone in authority in this manner. It seems to be somewhat disconcerting."

APHELAN@HERALD.IE


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