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Mum trashed house during party


Deirdre Harris

Deirdre Harris

Deirdre Harris

A SINGLE mother who caused €3,000 worth of damage to rooms in a house where she had attended a party has been given a four-month suspended sentence.

Deirdre Harris (31) believed "something happened" to her at the party when she returned, a court heard.

She had felt "compelled" to go back and commit the offence and later told gardai: "I'm sorry, I just snapped."

Judge David McHugh suspended the sentence for a year after hearing that the damage had been fully paid for through insurance.

Harris, of Melrose Grove, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to interior rooms at a house at Lindisfarne Park, Bawnogue, on August 11, 2012.

A related trespass charge was withdrawn by the prosecution and struck out, while the value of the damage caused was reduced from an initial €6,000.



Blanchardstown District Court heard she had been very co-operative with gardai when arrested and had no previous convictions of any kind.

Harris had been at a party in the house when "something happened to her". In the aftermath of this, she was led back into taking tablets and had a "binge" on pills and alcohol.

"She went back to the house and she felt compelled to act as she did on the night in question," her barrister, Elizabeth Davey, said.

The court heard Harris had very little recollection of what happened. When arrested, she was initially not in a fit state to be interviewed.

The accused was not working and finding it very difficult to make ends meet, Ms Davey said.

She had developed an addiction in previous years but had since rehabilitated herself.