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guilty plea Dublin mum who shouted abuse at gardaí while drunk receives fine

The court heard she was unable to stand by herself, and when officers spoke to her she became abusive, shouting profanities.

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A MOTHER-OF-TWO shouted profanities at gardaí when they arrested her for her own safety after she was found drunk on the street.

Lisa Shorten (30) was falling from side to side and unable to stand unaided when gardaí tried to help her.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined her €200.

Shorten, with an address at Benburb Street, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened on O'Connell Street last July 4.

Gardaí saw the accused was staggering and highly intoxicated.

Convictions

She was unable to stand by herself, and when officers spoke to her she became abusive, shouting profanities.

Shorten, who was arrested due to her behaviour and level of intoxication, had 62 previous convictions.

It was more a drunkenness case, as the accused was being arrested for her own safety, her solicitor Daniel Hanahoe said.

Shorten had had problems with drugs and alcohol and dealt with that, he added.

At the time of the latest offences, it was the anniversary of her partner's death and she "slipped".

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