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violent assault Mum-of-three who kicked and spat on garda and called him a 'scumbag' gets suspended sentence

Lisa Knocker admitted threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and assaulting the garda

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A mother-of-three kicked a garda's leg and spat in his face after she was arrested for calling him a "scumbag" and a "f****t" during a search.

Lisa Knocker (35) was given a two-month suspended sentence.

Knocker, of no fixed address, admitted threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and assaulting the garda.

Dublin District Court heard a garda was on plain clothes duty at St Stephen's Green south at 12.45pm on April 28 this year.

The garda saw known drug users at the entrance to the park and stopped them.

The accused became verbally abusive to the garda, calling him a "f**king fat scumbag" and a "f****t" in view of members of the public.

She was told to leave the area and failed to comply, continuing to be abusive and physically violent, the court heard.

She kicked the garda in the leg and was placed in a patrol van, where she spat in his face.

The garda was "fine" now and did not wish to provide any victim impact evidence, the court heard.

Knocker, who was not a drug abuser, apologised for her behaviour on the day, her solicitor said.

The accused was also arrested for public order offences on O'Connell Street in November last year and for possession of a stolen men's top, which gardaí found in her sleeping bag during a search on Liffey Street, in October last year.

Knocker had no previous convictions.

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