08 Aug 2022

Garda attacked at St Luke’s

A drunken, young woman who went to St Luke’s Hospital to visit her mother ended up attacking a garda.

A drunken, young woman who went to St Luke’s Hospital to visit her mother ended up attacking a garda.

Samantha McCarthy, 12 Dunan, Thomastown pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at the Accident and Emergency Department at St Luke’s Hospital on November 22, 2012.

She also admitted to engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and to being intoxicated in a public place.

Garda Noel Casey told the court that at 10.30pm he was called to the hospital after receiving a report that a female had been refused admission to see her mother.

“She was intoxicated and was trying to get in. She was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place,” he said.

He then outlined how the defendant made three attempts to headbutt him and kicked out and spat at him.

Solicitor Matthew Kearney said that his client had not come to garda attention since the incident.

“At the time her mother had been taken into hospital. My client was on medication and says she drank two cans of beer. She got it into her head that her mother was seriously ill or dead and wanted to see her and was prevented from doing so. She accepts now that what she did was wrong,” he said.

Judge Eamon O’Neill described the behaviour as ‘outrageous’.

“The HSE have enough to do,” he remarked before sentencing her to five months in prison which he suspended on the condition that she enter a bond to be of good behaviour and to keep the peace.

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