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edel sterling

edel sterling

edel sterling

A WOMAN kicked a garda in the eye after she was arrested on suspicion of public order offences at a city hospital.

Edel Stirling (41) struck the female officer in the face when she kicked out while she was being transported to a garda station.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for the production of a victim impact statement.

Stirling pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to the garda and other offences when she appeared before Dublin District Court.

An officer said the accused was in the Mater Hospital on December 19 last year and was arrested on suspicion of public order offences.

She was being transported to Mountjoy garda station when she kicked out at a garda, making contact with her left eye.

SWELLING

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

Judge Smyth accepted jurisdiction after hearing the prosecution evidence.

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

Gardaí found her passed out, lying face down on the side of the road, and when they woke her she was highly intoxicated and became "hostile", trying to spit in one officer's face.

The accused had had difficulties with illicit substances in the past, her solicitor said.

An incident in her personal life had been a "trigger factor" and the accused had attended residential treatment.

She now had stable accommodation in Portobello and "seems to have turned a corner", her solicitor said.

Judge Smyth adjourned the case to a date next month.

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