Kildare hairdresser punched garda 'below the belt'

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The case was heard at Naas District Court yesterday.

An award winning hairdresser from Kildare who punched a garda 'below the belt' when he tried to arrest her during a dispute at the Keadeen Hotel was ordered to serve 240 hours community service.

Lisa Reeves (37) with an address listed as Corduff, Kilduff, Naas, was before the courts for assaulting a garda at the Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge on 18 September 2017.

Gardai were called on the date to a public order incident at the hotel where Ms Reeves was celebrating a family function.

Sgt Brian Jacob said when they arrived Ms Reeves was acting in a highly aggressive manner while outside the hotel.

The court heard that she shouted obscenities and was arrested by gardai but managed to wriggle free from the handcuffs. She reacted badly to the gardai arriving on the scene and felt agrieved by their presence.

Sgt Jacob said she punched the garda in the midriff and he was then out of work for a week.

He later refused an apology from the defendant.

Judge Desmond Zaidan asked where the midriff is and he was told it was the area 'below the belt'.

“In his private region,” he explained.

The court heard that she called to the garda station the following day and apologised profusely to all the gardai there.

“No doubt she knew where she intended punching,” said Judge Zaidan but solicitor Conal Boyce refuted this and said he didn’t think his client had such a good aim as that.

He said that this was a one off adding that his client has no previous convictions. He said on the night she had mixed alcohol with her medication.

She is a mum of two children and she told the court that she is unemployed but is an award winning hairdresser.

“It was the mix of the alcohol and medication,” said Mr Boyce.

He said the garda and investigating sergeant were concerned for Ms Reeves and believed her to be genuinely sorry.

He read out an apology letter in court that she was ashamed of her behaviour.

Judge Zaidan said he would get the defendant to use her hairdressing skills to help some elderly people with their hair in hospitals or nursing homes as part of community service.

He asked the probation services to assess Ms Reeves for suitability for such an order. The case was adjourned to 7 March.