Court - Abusive when car was seized

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Court - Abusive when car was seized

A Mountmellick woman has been told to make a donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund after she behaved aggressively when her boyfriend’s car was being seized by the gardaí.

Samantha Keenan (20), Manor Road, Mountmellick, was charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, at Cooltaderry, Portarlington, on May 24 this year.

Detective Garda Derek Barnett gave evidence that the gardaí received a report of a suspicious car at the local leisure centre and went to seize the vehicle.

Keenan, a passenger in the car, came out of the leisure centre and tried to stop the vehicle being seized. She became very agitated and tried to leap into the car, and also hopped onto the bonnet.

Det Barnett said she was extremely aggressive, and there were a lot of people about at the time. She had since apologised to the gardaí, the detective said.

The accused had no previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Gerry Meagher said his client had been in the leisure centre with her boyfriend when the car was seized due to no tax being on the vehicle.

She had no way of getting home and overacted, said Mr Meagher.

Judge Catherine Staines ordered the accused to donate €200 to the Garda Benevolent Fund and the matter was put back to February 9. next year.