Woman poked Portlaoise garda in chest and used profanities

Woman poked Portlaoise garda in chest and used profanities

A 40-year-old woman has been convicted of “the appalling behaviour” of poking a female garda in the chest and abusing her during the arrest of the woman’s husband.

Ilona Kotlara of 19 Oakleaf Place, Portlaoise, was charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, and wilfully obstructing a peace officer, at the Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, on July 28, 2018.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on that date, a garda was dealing with another individual when the accused squared up to the garda and poked her in the chest, saying “f**k you” and “f**k off”.

The accused had six previous convictions.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said the incident could not have been a pleasant experience for the garda.

Ms Fitzpatrick said the accused had drink taken and her husband was being arrested, so she took exception. Defence said the accused was by no mean proud of her behaviour. Ms Fitzpatrick also said the accused had €300 compensation in court.

Judge Catherine Staines said this was appalling behaviour and asked was there a report from the garda who was abused.

Sgt Kirby replied there was no report, but the garda had not been too happy about the incident.

Judge Staines said she was considering a prison sentence, but instead imposed 100 hours’ community service in lieu of three months in prison. She also directed that the €300 compensation be paid over.

However, after being assessed by a probation officer, the accused was found not suitable for community service. In that event, Judge Staines convicted and fined her €100.