Pepper-spray used on aggressive drunk

Portlaoise courthouse.

Portlaoise courthouse.

A woman who was so aggressive toward a garda that she had to be pepper-sprayed was last week ordered in the body of the district court to write a letter of apology to the officer.

Catherine Smith, 69 Limekiln Road, Walkinstown, Dublin, was charged with being intoxicated, using threatening behaviour, and obstructing a peace officer, at Main Street, Errill, on February 28 this year.

Inspector Declan Dunne gave evidence that Smith and three other occupants of a car were all highly intoxicated. Smith refused to do as requested and refused to remain in the car, and became so aggressive towards the garda she had to be pepper-sprayed to be calmed down.

She had seven previous convictions.

Defence for Smith said the driver of the car had caused an accident in which Smith injured her face.

Judge Catherine Staines ordered Smith to write a full letter of apology to the garda. Smith did so, and handed in the letter when her case was recalled.

Warning her to stay away from drink, Judge Staines imposed a three-month sentence, suspended for 12 months.


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