Abusive woman had ‘issue with drink’ - defence

A Zimbabwean national who attempted to smash the hatch in the public area of the Portlaoise Garda Station has been ordered to complete an alcohol awareness programme.

Before last week’s district court sitting in Portlaoise was Ozlet Muwaniri, with an address listed at 73 Crann Nua, Edenderry Road, Portarlington. She was charged with public order offences at Portlaoise Garda Station on July 21, 2012.

Garda William Whelan gave evidence, that Muwaniri was present in the station on the night banging and cursing at the hatch at the front desk.

The gardaí offered to get her a taxi home, but she instead ran back into the station and again began shouting abuse at the gardaí.

Garda Whelan said that Muwaniri attempted to smash the glass hatch during the incident.

She has 11 previous convictions, for public order offences.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted that her client, a 26-year-old woman with one young child, “maybe has an issue with drink”.

“She was well advised to take the gardaí’s offer on the night, but she didn’t do so,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.

Ms Fitzpatrick said that Muwaniri had been referred to a drink counsellor, but unfortunately she did not have the funds to pay for the service. Ms Fitzpatrick explained that Muwaniri was originally from Zimbabwe and had been living in Ireland for 12 years.

Defence also handed in a letter of apology to the court, on behalf of Muwaniri.

“You’re obviously an intelligent lady and you have a future ahead of you, but you just can’t drink,” Judge Catherine Staines told Muwaniri.

The matter was put back to April 3, for Muwaniri to complete the Athy Alternative Project for her drinking.


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