Woman who asked gardaí for lift home then verbally abused them given jail sentence

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Woman who asked gardaí for lift home then verbally abused them, given jail sentence

The case was heard in Naas

A 22-year-woman who verbally abused Gardai after calling them to give her a lift home has been sentenced to two months in jail and fined €600.

Bethany De Lacy, with an address given as 13 Priory Square, Dean Street, Kilkenny, was convicted of a public order offence at Straffan Wood, Maynooth, on April 6 last.

Ms De Lacy pleaded guilty to the charge at the November 6 sitting of Naas District Court.

Garda Sgt Jim Kelly, prosecuting, said Gardai at Maynooth were contacted at 4.45am in the morning and found Ms De Lacy in front of the Garda station. They drove around Maynooth and when they arrived at Straffan Wood she became abusive as she exited the patrol car, using expletives. Judge Desmond asked what they were and was told “spastic, c**ts, f***ers and pigs.”

She was arrested and taken to Leixlip Garda Station.

David Powderly, solicitor, representing Ms De Lacy, said his client was “very embarrassed.” He said she was in Maynooth with friends and left a fast food premises in the town in a hurry following a row.

She got separated from her friends and found herself alone. She had alcohol taken and rang on the bell at Maynooth Garda Station.

Leixlip Garda station answered and she asked for a lift home. She was not being smart, he said, but did so out of a sense of desperation.

Mr Powderly said she became abusive because of the amount of alcohol taken.

Ms de Lacy, who had no previous convictions, managed to get some strangers to charge her phone so that she could contact her friends. “I don't recall using that language,” she said. “I am deeply embarassed,” she said on oath. Mr Powderly asked that she be fined.

Judge Zaidan jailed her for two months, a sentence which has been appealed.