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Graduate hit garda in face with handbag

A COLLEGE graduate swung her handbag at a garda during an altercation outside a pub, walloping him on the side of the face.

Edel Vesey (24) was out drinking with friends, and reacted badly when gardai tried to break up a fight outside a west Dublin pub.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in December.

The defendant, of St Patrick's Road in Drumcondra, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to charges of public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and assault.

The incident took place outside The Quarry House, Ballygall Road in Finglas on February 19 last.

Garda Sergeant Mary Doherty said gardai were called to an incident at the pub around 1am, where a number of people were fighting outside the pub.

Sgt Doherty said Vesey was drunk and verbally abusive to gardai. She was told to leave the area but she failed to do so, also obstructing gardai.

The sergeant said Vesey had to be restrained by gardai, and as she was being restrained she swung her metal chain clutch bag at Garda David Maher, hitting him on the side of the face.

He was left with minor cuts to his face, but did not have to take any time off work.

The court heard that Vesey has no previous convictions.

The defence lawyer said that Vesey has battled a heroin addiction since she was 16 years old.

The court heard that Vesey is a college graduate, and hopes to go back to college to complete a post-graduate degree.

The lawyer said she has worked hard in recent times to get off drugs.

The court heard that Vesey had apologised to the garda for her behaviour.

The lawyer said she was out with friends and reacted badly when gardai were called to the scene.

Judge O'Donnell ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to December.

The judge also ordered the destruction of the handbag.

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