A woman who stuck up her middle finger at the gardaí and acted aggressively has been ordered to make a donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund.
Lucinda O’Shea (30), 1 West End, Monasterevin, was charged with being intoxicated, and disorderly conduct, at West End, on January 2 this year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that the accused stuck up her middle finger at a passing patrol car and when the gardaí stopped, she became aggressive towards them.
The accused was issued a fixed penalty notice but failed to pay it, said Insp Farrelly.
Defence was solicitor, Philip Meagher.
Mr Meagher said that his client called to the garda station the next day to apologise, but the gardaí there would not accept it.
Defence handed in a letter of apology to the court. After reading the letter, Judge Catherine Staines noted that the accused claimed she was making the gesture to her boyfriend.
“She’s lucky she’s not charged with a more serious offence,” said Judge Staines.
In relation to the incident, Mr Meagher said that it had been the day after New Year’s Day and his client had been out drinking when she meet an ex-partner.
Unfortunately, with the drink and her emotions running high, she made a very poor decision and reacted in a very poor fashion.
“She went to apologise the next day, but the gardaí didn’t want to hear her,” said Mr Meagher.
Defence concluded by saying that the accused hadn’t taken a drink since, as this incident had been a shock to her.
Describing the incident as appalling, Judge Staines ordered the accused to donate €200 to the Garda Benevolent Fund and the matter was put back to January 12 next year.