Woman bound to the peace for roaring topless

A Portarlington woman in residential care has been bound to the peace for one year after being convicted of shouting while topless in the street.

Before last week’s district court in Portlaoise was Elizabeth Royal, Rathbeag House, Lee Road, Portarlington, charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, at the Lee Road on June 2.

Garda Stevens gave evidence that a call was made to the gardaí by a residential care worker who looked after the defendant, reporting that Royal had ran outside and taken her clothes off in a distressed state.

When Garda Stevens arrived at Lee Road he found the defendant topless, standing by the side of the road roaring and shouting in a very aggressive state.

Royal had four previous convictions.

The court heard that after Royal was arrested the gardaí discovered there was a bench warrant out for her arrest, relating to an incident of threatening or abusive behaviour at The Mater Hospital in August, 2009.

Defence for Royal said she had experienced an extremely difficult upbringing and she did not have any education. Defence then submitted a report on the defendant to the court.

After reading the report, Judge Catherine Staines said she would bind Royal to the peace for one year.

“But you have to abide by the rules, and you have to abide by the directions of the staff,” Judge Staines warned her. “You have to stick to the rules.”

Judge Staines remarked that Royal is currently in a therapeutic environment, and expressed the opinion that there was little chance of Royal committing any other criminal matters, expect perhaps public order offences.


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