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Paranoid woman banged on neighbour's door with hammer

A WOMAN repeatedly banged on her neighbour's front door with a hammer because she thought he was going to attack her, a court heard.

Cathriona Bowler (35) suffers from schizophrenia and had mixed alcohol with her medication.

A court heard that she had paranoid ideas about her neighbour and she thought he was going to attack her.

Judge Anthony Halpin ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in July.

The defendant, of Glenmore Green in Ballyboden, admitted before Tallaght District Court to a charge of criminal damage.

Garda Michael Leahy said he was called to Glenmore Green in Ballyboden shortly after 3am on November 20 last year following reports of a disturbance.

Garda Leahy said Bowler had repeatedly banged on a neighbour's apartment door with a hammer, leaving dents on the door.

The garda said he saw the defendant going up to the third floor of the building through the glazed staircase and she was holding a hammer.

Defence solicitor Eddie O'Connor said Bowler suffers from schizophrenia and attends St James's Hospital.

In relation to the incident, Mr O'Connor said Bowler had mixed alcohol with her medication. He said she got paranoid ideas about her neighbour and thought he was going to attack her.

Mr O'Connor said the defendant would benefit from working with the probation services.

Judge Halpin said that schizophrenia is a managed, medicated illness and Bowler cannot mix drink with her medication.

The judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to July.

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