A 35 year old mother of seven who brandished a broken bottle at Gardaí was convicted and fined €500 at Ballina District Court last week.
The court heard that Bridget McDonagh of 58, Cluain na Ri, Ardnaree, Ballina admitted that on June 3, 2012, she came out of 5, Millview Crescent, Ballina, shouting and approaching Gardaí with a glass bottle. Ms McDonagh is said to have attempted to break the bottle twice and came towards Gardaí after breaking the bottle off a wall.
Garda Michael Flaherty told the court that after twice directing Ms McDonagh to drop the bottle, Ms McDonagh was tasered and subsequently arrested.
Solicitor for the defence, John Gordon said Ms McDonagh and her husband were attending an engagement party on the night in question and after her husband had been assaulted with the bottle she picked it up.
Mr Gordon told the court that his client was extremely embarrassed and called to Ballina Garda Station with her husband to apologise. Judge Devins convicted and fined Ms McDonagh €500.
In a related matter, Ms McDonagh’s husband Thomas McDonagh was before the court charged with the obstruction of a Garda. The court heard that on March 23, last year, Mr McDonagh of 28, Esker Pines, Ballina was found shouting and urinating in public at St Muredach’s Terrace Ballina. Before being able to arrest McDonagh, he is said to have pushed past the arresting Garda and ran into a house in the estate.
Defending Solicitor John Gordon said his client pushed past the Garda because he saw a ‘prison door coming down on him’ and ran from the garda to get away.
Mr Gordon told Judge Devins that his client had stayed out of trouble since January 2008, since limiting his alcohol intake.
Judge Devins adjourned the case for sentencing until November 26 next, telling Solicitor Gordon that she would ‘take one course of action if Mr McDonagh stays clean’.