A woman on an assisted living programme appeared before last week’s district court charged with criminal damage.
Before the court was Elizabeth Royal, with an address at Rathbeag House, Lee Road, Portarlington. She was charged with criminal damage at the same address on July 10 this year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that gardaí were called to the house on the day and discovered Royal in her room. All the furniture had been removed from the room so she could not hurt herself, and she had broken door handles, light switches and heating equipment. She was also behaving in an aggressive manner toward staff.
The damage has since been paid for, the inspector said.
Royal was also charged with a public order offence on August 28. Insp Farrelly said she was sitting by the side of the road in Portarlington, and was very aggressive towards the gardaí.
Royal had five previous convictions.
Defence solicitor said that Royal had been engaging with healthcare for the last five years and is on assisted living. She is part of a very large family but is isolated from them in Laois, and has been institutionalised for most of her life.
Her solicitor explained that there are new charges before the court on October 16, and the case was adjourned until that date.