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REVEALED: Bride-to-be who spat on and punched Luas security guards after quaffing free wedding fair champagne

Sheryl Hoey
Sheryl Hoey

A BRIDE-to-be who assaulted two security men after she claimed she suffered a blackout caused by free champagne drunk at a wedding fair was previously convicted of assaulting a Garda while intoxicated.

These are the first pictures of Sheryl Hoey – who claimed in court this week that consuming “lots” of free champagne at a wedding fair in the Citywest Convention Centre resulted in her suffering a “blackout” and assaulting the security officers on the Luas.

Contacted by the Sunday World, Hoey refused to discuss the case saying: “I don’t want to talk. There’s enough damage done already.”

We can reveal that the assault on the security men is not the first occasion on which Hoey has landed herself in trouble with the authorities while intoxicated.

In 2003 the 31-year-old was given the benefit of the probation act on a charge of unauthorised taking of a vehicle.

In September the same year she received a three-month suspended sentence for the theft of six handbags valued at €3,135 from Brown Thomas.

In October of 2011 Hoey landed herself in hot water again when she assaulted Garda Clare FitzGerald in Mountjoy Garda Station while intoxicated. She was fined €250 for that offence.

Appearing before Tallaght District Court earlier this week, Hoey pleaded guilty to spitting in one Luas security guard’s face and punching another in the face after she said she had drunk too much free alcohol at a wedding fair.

Sheryl said she had been attending a wedding fair in Citywest Convention Centre in Saggart, Co. Dublin, when she drank a lot of free Champagne.

Sergeant Michael Ahern told Judge John Lindsay that Gardaí had been called to a Luas stop after reports of a woman fighting with another female.

He said Luas security staff had also been called to the scene and Hoey had spat in the face of one security guard and punched another one in the face.

Sergeant Ahern said Hoey was very aggressive when approached by the gardaí and she was arrested.

Hoey (31), of Jervis Place, Upper Abbey Street, Dublin 1, admitted to assaulting two security guards at the Citywest Luas stop on January 10, 2015.

She also admitted to public drunkenness and breaching the peace at the Citywest Luas stop on the same date.

Hoey’s lawyer, Gabby Deane, said Hoey – who is getting married in July – had been at a wedding fair in Citywest.

Ms Dean said Hoey had drunk a lot of free Champagne that had been on offer.

She said Hoey had blacked out and had no recollection of the incident.

Ms Dean told the court that Hoey was “extremely remorseful” for her actions.

The court also heard that Hoey had six previous convictions at the time.

Judge Lindsay commented that Hoey spat in one guard’s face and punched another.

He said that he would put the case back for a month to give Hoey the time to pay €250 compensation to each guard and that he would strike it out.