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Roaring woman kicked patrol car at garda station

A WOMAN caught damaging a patrol car by kicking it while it was parked outside a city garda station has been remanded in custody for two weeks.

Ann Marie Tuke (31) was arrested after officers on duty inside the station heard a commotion and looked out of the window to see her attacking the car.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for the production of a probation report on the accused.

Tuke, of Doon Court, Ballymun pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to causing criminal damage to the garda car and another vehicle outside Mountjoy Garda Station.

The court heard the incident happened at 12.25am on July 11 at the station on the North Circular Road.

A member of the public complained that the accused was shouting and roaring and when gardai looked out they saw her kicking the marked patrol car.

As they went out, they saw her kicking a second car and arrested her.

She was highly abusive and aggressive when detained, the court heard.

Tuke also admitted public order offences when she caused two disturbances outside the Mater Hospital.

During one, at 11.50pm on June 25, 2009, gardai found her arguing with security staff.

She was given an opportunity to leave the area but failed to do so and was arrested.

In another incident, she was found highly intoxicated and injecting herself with a substance believed to be heroin outside Dublin City Council's civic offices on Wood Quay.

Tuke also admitted an incident in which she smashed the door of a house in Ballymun in another criminal damage incident.

The accused had a history of depression, homelessness and alcohol abuse, her lawyer said. She requested a probation report but said Tuke was "realistic" about the likely outcome.

Judge Smyth remanded the defendant in custody to appear in court again on September 17.


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