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A SERIAL offender assaulted staff at several shops by spitting on them during the Covid pandemic in a spate of drunken attacks.

Kate Collins (50) had been barred from some stores and was being refused entry when she spat at the shop workers.

In other incidents, she stole a pair of runners from a front garden when the owner left them out to dry, and pulled plants from flower pots

outside a hospital.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the cases for victim impact statements after hearing the accused had 259 previous convictions.

Collins, with an address at a Dublin women’s centre, pleaded guilty to charges including assault and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard Collins went to Eurogiant on the Phibsborough Road on September 13 last year – a shop she was previously barred from.

She walked up to the entrance and when told she could not come in, she spat on a staff member.

In another incident, at Costcutter on Dorset Street on June 19 last year, Collins became verbally abusive and threatening to staff when refused entry. She was highly intoxicated and began to spit on staff.

Similarly, Collins went to Lidl on Moore Street on February 9 this year, became aggressive when she was refused entry and spat at staff.

When she was found by gardaí a short time later she made a violent attempt to run away.

On September 16, 2020 she went into the garden of a house at Crawford Avenue, Glasnevin, and stole a €70 pair of runners that had been left outside to dry off by the owners.

Evasive

In an incident on June 6, Collins was on the North Circular Road, swaying from side to side. Gardaí saw she was clearly highly intoxicated and she began screaming and pulling plants out of flower beds at the Mater Hospital.

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She was carrying a can of beer and a Lucozade bottle filled with wine and passers-by had to take “evasive action” to avoid her, the court heard.

On July 28, she got into a garage at St Vincent’s Street, Phibsborough, through a small hatch and was found along with another person, lying on the ground.

Collins’s prior convictions were for offences including assault and public disorder.

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