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Pub mum struck out at 999 crew

A DRUNKEN woman who tried to fall asleep at the entrance to a pub struck out at ambulance crew after they were called to help her.

Jennifer Smith (22) was so drunk that she was unable to "stand, walk or talk", according to gardai.

Her lawyer said that Smith had a normal upbringing, and came from a good home, but that she started drinking when she was aged 13, and had a serious alcohol problem by the time she was 16.

A judge sentenced the defendant to three months in prison suspended for 24 months, and said that she needed to sort out her drink and anger problems.

Smith, of Drapier Road in Ballymun, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place on Seamus Ennis Road in Finglas on January 20 last year.

Sergeant Damien Galligan said gardai were called to the Shamrock Lodge Pub in Finglas around 4pm following reports of a drunken woman.


Sgt Galligan said Smith was very drunk, and was unable to stand, walk or talk.

She tried to fall asleep at the entrance to the pub, and when gardai asked for her name she was unable to tell them. The sergeant said an ambulance was called to take Smith to hospital but she refused their help, and struck out at the ambulance crew.

Smith also admitted to breaching a barring order at the family home in Ballymun on December 30, 2008, and to assaulting two gardai when she resisted arrest.

The court heard that Smith, the mother of a two-year-old boy, has two previous convictions, and is currently serving a sentence for a serious assault.

Defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly said Smith has a serious problem with alcohol, but is getting counselling in Dochas.

Judge David McHugh said he believed Smith had a serious anger management problem, and also needed to address this.

He sentenced her to three months in prison but suspended it for 24 months.