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Hospital assault Woman (41) spared jail for kick to female garda’s eye after arrest

Stirling had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the garda at the Mater Hospital on December 19, 2019, as well as other charges.

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A WOMAN who kicked a garda in the eye after she was arrested at a Dublin hospital has been given a six-month suspended sentence.

Edel Stirling (41) struck the female officer in the face when she kicked out after she was arrested on suspicion of public order offences, a court heard.

Stirling had pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the garda at the Mater Hospital on December 19, 2019, as well as other charges.

The case came back before Judge Bryan Smyth for a victim impact statement and probation report.

Dublin District Court heard the injured party did not wish to make a victim impact statement.

After reading the probation report, Judge Smyth suspended the sentence for a year.

The accused was also put on a probation bond, with a condition that she engages in offence and victim awareness work.

Previously, the court heard the accused was arrested at a hospital and was being transported to Mountjoy garda station when she kicked out at an officer, making contact with her left eye.

The garda was examined by a doctor and there was swelling and grazing around the eye but no scarring or follow-up treatment, the court heard.

The accused also admitted public drunkenness and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8, last August 22.

It was claimed Stirling had substance difficulties in the past and was now in stable accommodation.

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