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Crumlin mum found fella “up to no good with her friend” and pulled out golf club

CourtsBy Andrew Phelan
Audrey Lenihan
Audrey Lenihan

A mother-of-three was arrested for waving a golf club at her partner in the street after she discovered he had been "off with her best friend and up to no good".

Audrey Lenihan (40) swung the club without meaning to hit her partner, but to show him "how angry she was", a court heard.

Judge Michael Walsh left her without a conviction after she had admitted a public order offence.

Ms Lenihan, with an address at Fort Ostman, Old Country Road, Crumlin, Dublin, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause a breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard that the incident happened at Crumlin Road on October 19 last year.

Gardaí found the accused at 1.15am, screaming and shouting and waving a golf club at a man in an aggressive manner.

She was told to stop and failed to do so, a Garda sergeant said.

She was arrested at 1.20am under the Public Order Act and was brought to Crumlin garda station, where she was later charged.

In reply to the charge after caution, she said: "Sorry".

"Is she a golfer?" Judge Walsh asked.

Defence solicitor Anne Fitzgibbon replied that she was not.

Ms Fitzgibbon said that Ms Lenihan had been with her partner for 15 years.

On the night in question "he was off with her best friend and they were up to no good, if I can put it that way".

When the accused phoned her best friend, she was told he was not with her, but then they arrived together, Ms Fitzgibbon said.

Judge Walsh asked whether the accused had wanted to teach him a lesson.

"She didn't intend to hit him, she just wanted him to know how angry she was," Ms Fitzgibbon said.

Ms Lenihan was extremely apologetic and Ms Fitzgibbon asked Judge Walsh to be as lenient as he could.

The accused had no previous public order convictions.

Judge Walsh dismissed the charge under the Probation of Offenders Act, leaving the accused without a recorded conviction.