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Woman is accused of attacking garda with her vacuum cleaner

A WOMAN allegedly swung the pipe of a vacuum cleaner at a garda and threw a plate at another officer.

Harriet Monaghan (40) is also accused of biting and spitting in the face of two other gardai after they called to her house - as well as headbutting a patrol car and wilfully obstructing a garda during the incident in Finglas.

Gardai called to her home at Valeview Crescent in Finglas after Stephen Stokes (19) and James Sheehan (24) allegedly stole €75 worth of alcohol from Tesco, Clearwater. It is alleged that Stokes pulled a kitchen knife on gardai when they turned up at his home.

Stokes is charged with theft at Tesco, Clearwater. He is also charged with resisting arrest by Garda Mark Reilly at Valeview Crescent and producing a kitchen knife.

Monaghan is charged with criminal damage, wilfully obstructing Garda Ronan Farrelly, and assaulting him, Garda David McKenna, Garda Sean Burke and Garda Gavin Redmond on September 3 last year.

Sheehan, of Old Balreask Wood in Navan, is charged with stealing €75 worth of alcohol from Tesco, Clearwater. He is also accused of resisting arrest at Valeview Crescent. The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal on all matters.

Gardai pursued the defendants from Tesco to Monaghan's house, where there was a lot of music and activity.

It is alleged the defendants were very aggressive to gardai, who were told to "get the f**k out and come back with a warrant".

The court heard it is alleged that Monaghan threw a plate at a garda, hitting him on the arm, then spat at and bit another garda, leaving him bruised.

She is alleged to have then left the house, swinging the pipe of a vacuum cleaner at Gda Farrelly and biting him on the arm. It is also alleged that Stokes produced a kitchen knife and threatened gardai.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned all matters for four weeks.