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'I ain't scared of no garda scum' - drunk birthday reveller roared, court hears

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Andrew Phelan

A REVELLER found drunken, repeatedly called the arresting garda a "scum bitch" and a "pig", a court heard.

Judge Gerard Jones said he would not tolerate the gardaí being called "scum" on the streets and warned Sabina Petrova she would be jailed if she does not pay €200 to charity.

He adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court.

Petrova, from Hannah Square, St Edmund's Estate, Lucan, pleaded guilty to public intoxication, threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, and failing to follow Garda directions.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said that gardaí were on patrol at Bóthar Na Life, Lucan, at 1.12am on August 15.

They saw the accused shouting and roaring at a man and told her to stop and leave the area.

She was drunk and continued to verbally abuse the gardaí, telling them: "I ain't scared of no garda scum" and repeatedly calling the investigating garda "a bitch".

She was arrested and brought to Ronanstown garda station, where she continued to abuse the garda, calling her a "scum bitch" and a "pig" repeatedly.

Petrova had no previous convictions. The incident happened in the early hours of the morning after the night of her birthday, her defence solicitor said.

She had had far too much to drink and had an argument with her ex-partner.

Petrova was from Latvia and had been living in Ireland for 14 years.

"It was purely down to being highly intoxicated," her defence said. The accused did not remember much of what happened on the night and was "very embarrassed".

Petrova told the court that everything was out of character and she had called the gardaí after and apologised.

"There was too much drink, I'm very sorry," she said.

"I won't tolerate the gardaí being called scum on the streets," the judge said.

He said he would give Petrova a chance and adjourned the case to next month, for payment of €200 to charity.

"I want to see the money or you can pack your bags for a stay in Dochas," the judge warned.

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