Fought sister in street

A PORTLAOISE woman has been fined for fighting with her own sister in the street.

A PORTLAOISE woman has been fined for fighting with her own sister in the street.

Sarah Potts, 53 Lake Drive, Kilminchy, was charged with being intoxicated in public and using threatening behaviour, at Top Square, Portlaoise, on June 10.

Inspector Martin Smethers gave evidence that two females were fighting outside a pub at 2.40am.

“They were holding onto each other and striking out,” the inspector said.

Insp Smethers told the court that Potts was extremely intoxicated and aggressive and she refused to give her name and address to the gardaí.

“She told the gardaí what to do with themselves,” Insp Smethers said.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that Potts was not proud of her actions. Potts, a single mother with one young child, had been out socialising for the first night since one of her sisters had passed away some three months prior. She had too much to drink and an argument began with another sister.

“The next day, when it dawned on her, she was appalled,” Ms Fitzpatrick said. “It was one of those particular nights where emotions were running high.”

Remarking that this was not a great example to set for Potts’ child, Judge Staines fined her €300.