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Mum who bit gardai banned from city pubs





A MOTHER of one who bit and wounded a female garda while in a drunken rage has been banned from every pub in Dublin for a year.

Zanele Ahmed (36) left a deep wound in the officer's arm before going on to bite a second garda and kick him in the head as she was being arrested.

The officers were investigating a row that broke out following a house party when Ahmed became violent towards them.

As well as the exclusion order from licensed premises, Judge Alan Mitchell ordered Ahmed to carry out 160 hours of community service instead of a four-month prison sentence.

He also suspended another two-month sentence for a year.

Ahmed, with an address at Mountjoy Square, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to one garda and common assault on another, breach of the peace and public drunkenness.

The offences all happened at McUilliam Way, Tallaght, on last January 28.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were called to a disturbance and found the accused extremely drunk.

She became very abusive and aggressive towards the officers, lashing out at them.

She had to be pepper-sprayed before she was eventually subdued and handcuffed.

On the way to Tallaght Garda Station, she was in a patrol car when she bit one of the gardai in the arm, breaking the skin and causing a deep cut.

When another officer tried to stop her, she also bit his arm, causing bruising.


She then began kicking out, catching the same garda with a kick to the side of his head.

The female garda attended hospital and blood tests were carried out, but these were all clear.

She was given a tetanus shot as a precaution.

The defendant had no previous convictions.

Ahmed had been at a house party with her partner and some friends, her lawyer told the court.

An altercation broke out during which the accused alleged she was cut by a glass.

When the gardai arrived, she became agitated because she felt they were not dealing with her alleged injury.

She said she could not remember anything of the incidents and was surprised by her own actions.

She was very apologetic and embarrassed about what had happened, her lawyer said.

Ahmed came to Ireland from South Africa as a business management student in 2006 but that visa had since expired.

Her daughter was Irish-born and the accused intended to stay here, her lawyer said.

She had been in an abusive relationship in the past but was now enjoying a new life with a partner who was supporting her and she was dealing with her problems.

"When you come to Ireland you are expected to have regard for the law and the police officers who are enforcing the law," Judge Mitchell said.