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vile remarks Drunk woman taunted garda about the shooting dead of colleague, court hears

Jean Bergin (58) told the garda that slain Co Roscommon detective, Colm Horkan was a “fool” who had been shot "with his own gun.”

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02/02/21 Jean Bergin (58), of Griffith Court, Marino, leaving Dublin District Court.

02/02/21 Jean Bergin (58), of Griffith Court, Marino, leaving Dublin District Court.

02/02/21 Jean Bergin (58), of Griffith Court, Marino, leaving Dublin District Court.

A DRUNKEN woman taunted a garda about the shooting dead of a colleague when the officer called to her Dublin home to investigate a complaint.

Jean Bergin (58) told the garda that slain Co Roscommon detective, Colm Horkan was a “fool” who had been shot "with his own gun.”

She also got close to him and said “f**k Covid-19” and she “didn’t give a s**t” when he asked her to step away.

Judge Bryan Smyth found Bergin guilty of public order offences but dismissed the charges under the Probation Act.

Bergin, with an address at Griffith Court, Marino, pleaded not guilty to public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

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Det Horkan was shot dead in Castlerea

Det Horkan was shot dead in Castlerea

Det Horkan was shot dead in Castlerea

Garda Kevin O’Boyle said he called to the accused’s home at 6.40pm on June 23 last year following a complaint call and spoke to Bergin at her front door.

She was acting in a “very irate, aggressive and volatile” manner and he asked her to calm down and go back inside.

She roared and shouted in the direction of a neighbour’s house and told gardai to go away and “f**k off,” saying they were “fools and morons.”

Gda O’Boyle again asked her to return to her house and he walked out onto the main road. She followed him out to the patrol car and continued to say: “f**k off, you are fools, you are morons,” the garda continued.

She approached him “quite close” and he asked her to step back in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.

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Jean Bergin (58), of Griffith Court, Marino, leaving Dublin District Court

Jean Bergin (58), of Griffith Court, Marino, leaving Dublin District Court

Jean Bergin (58), of Griffith Court, Marino, leaving Dublin District Court

Jean Bergin (58), of Griffith Court, Marino, leaving Dublin District Court

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Jean Bergin (58), of Griffith Court, Marino, leaving Dublin District Court

Bergin told him: “f**k Covid-19, you fool, I don’t give a s**t.” On five different occasions, Bergin made reference to the passing of Detective Garda Colm Horkan, who was shot dead while responding to an incident in Co Roscommon a week earlier.

Bergin was slurring her words and unsteady on her feet when she was arrested. She shouted in the direction of a neighbour’s house: “I’m going to get that bitch next door.”

When charged, she said: “they are all lies.”

Bergin “completely and utterly denied” being aggressive, shouting or saying anything about Covid-19 or the deceased garda, her barrister Donal Pattison said.

Bergin claimed in evidence there was a “personal vendetta” against her by the gardai, who were “picking on” her.

She said she was brought out in handcuffs in her bare feet. She accepted she was “agitated” but did not remember saying anything about the garda who passed away.

She said it was her birthday the day before and she had a glass of wine at lunch.

Judge Smyth said he believed Bergin harboured “some resentment to a garda” and was more upset on the day than she realised.

There was “some pent up frustration” that was “misdirected at the gardai," he said.

Mr Pattison said the accused, who had no prior convictions, lived with her son and had worked at the Revenue Commissioners, was stressed and “emotions were high” after three months of lockdown.

The judge found the facts proven but said there were “extenuating circumstances” and applied the Probation Act.


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