“YOUNG children will often get into arguments, but then they look to adults for example: what kind of example are you setting?” asked Judge Catherine Staines, last week addressing a Portlaoise woman who broke another woman’s glasses in a dispute over their children.
Sharon Greene, of 13 O’Moore Place, was charged with criminal damage, at Bruach na hAbhann, Portlaoise, on September 24 last year.
Inspector Kieran Keyes gave evidence that the injured party made a report to gardaí that Greene had headbutted her and thrown her glasses to the ground.
The inspector said there were no marks on the injured party. Green has two previous convictions, one of which is for assault.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said there was no charge of assault against his client in relation to this incident.
He told the court that both Greene and the injured party have young children, who were playing together on the day before they fell out.
Greene got upset and went to remonstrate with the other woman, but one word led to another and things became heated. Mr Meagher said his client pushed the other woman and her glasses fell.
When Greene previously appeared before Judge Staines some weeks back, a request was made to have her case adjourned to allow her to go on holiday to Turkey. At last week’s court, Judge Staines asked whether Greene had any compensation saved for the injured party. Mr Meagher replied she had not.
“But she can afford to go on holiday to Turkey,” remarked Judge Staines.
Mr Meagher explained that Greene’s mother had paid for her to go.
“And her mother couldn’t help her pay for the glasses?” retorted the judge.
Pointing out that Greene was setting a bad example to her children, Judge Staines imposed 100 hours’ community service in lieu of three months in prison and she ordered that €150 compensation be paid.
The matter was put back to January 10, 2013.