Abusive because lady ‘sneered’ at clothes

Portlaoise courthouse.

Portlaoise courthouse.

A probation report has been ordered on a woman who claimed she abused people at a bus stop because someone sneered at what she was wearing.

Lisa Shorten, previously with a Mountmellick address but now residing at 14 Glendora Avenue, Limerick, was charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, at James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, on November 16 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that gardaí were flagged down at 5.15pm on the day by a member of the public at the bus stop. Shorten was arguing with a man and a woman at the bus stop, and began using abusive language toward the gardaí. She also proceeded to push at a garda, Insp Farrelly said.

Shorten had 17 previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said that Shorten used to appear with a co-accused, a man with whom she had been in a relationship, but that relationship has now ended.

On the day of the offence, Shorten felt that a woman at the bus stop “was sneering at something she was wearing”.

Judge Catherine Staines put the case back to July 10 for a probation report.


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