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Nurse's seven-day 'bender' left hotel with €500 damage


Carol Tumbleton smashed tableware at the Gresham Hotel

Carol Tumbleton smashed tableware at the Gresham Hotel

Carol Tumbleton smashed tableware at the Gresham Hotel

A nurse smashed tableware and urinated on a couch in a Dublin hotel after cheap drink "got the better of her" over the course of a week, a court has heard.

Carol Tumbleton (58) was also arrested for shouting abuse in a garda station and damaging gifts while trying to steal them in a shop.

She had developed a drinking problem after returning from Australia to Ireland, where spirits were cheaper.

Judge Bryan Smyth struck the case out, leaving her without a criminal record.

Tumbleton, of Old Town Road, Santry, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, public drunkenness and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were called to the Gresham Hotel on O'Connell Street at 1.45pm last June 30.

A member of staff said an incident had happened in the bar area, where Tumbleton had urinated on a couch and proceeded to smash up tableware and glasses.

She was sitting in the lobby and was aggressive and loud as gardai tried to take her details.


The cost of the damage at the hotel was €500.

On July 3, at 11.15am, Tumbleton was again arrested, at Carr-oll's gift shop on Talbot Street, where she had caused €132 worth of damage to property.

She apologised and said she did not have money, a garda said.

Later, at 4pm, she went to Store Street Garda Station in a highly-intoxicated state.

Tumbleton became abusive to people waiting there. She was "highly-aggressive" to one member of the public and was arrested.

Defence solicitor Matthew De Courcy said Tumbleton was a qualified nurse, had been living in Australia and returned to Ireland to help her parents.

She began drinking cheap alcohol - spirits, he said. Having no structure here led to her alcohol difficulty.

The accused had been in full-time residential treatment and had dealt with her addiction.

She had paid full compensation for the €632 damage caused in what was "an isolated period of about a week when the drinking got the better of her".