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Carer who used foul language to gardaí felt they were ‘sniggering’

Swords Garda Station

Swords Garda Station

Eimear Cotter

A CARER called gardaí “f*ckers” and “f*cking pigs” as she felt they were sniggering at her and not taking her complaint of being assaulted seriously, a court heard.

Kim Howard (42) shouted she “didn’t say that” during the garda’s evidence, but her lawyer said she accepted the garda’s evidence and had simply not liked hearing it.

Judge Dermot Dempsey fined Howard €100 and imposed a three-month sentence suspended for one year.

The defendant, of Seatown Terrace, Swords, admitted threatening and abusive behaviour at Swords garda station last November 27.

Garda Philip Walsh told Swords District Court Howard went into the station to speak about another matter.

She was told a different garda was dealing with the issue and she had to speak to that officer.

Gda Walsh said Howard began screaming and shouting at the garda and was instructed to leave the station.

As she was exiting, Howard started shouting profanities, calling gardaí “f**king pigs” and “f**kers” and saying she would “sort this out herself”.


“I did not say that,” she shouted in court.

Gda Walsh said a family waiting for passports to be signed were in the public office at the time.

The court heard Howard had 30 previous convictions, mostly for theft-related matters.

Defence solicitor Fiona D’Arcy said her client believed she had been the victim of an assault and she had come into the station to talk with gardaí.

Ms D’Arcy said she felt officers were sniggering and not taking her complaint seriously.

The solicitor said Howard regretted the way she reacted, and she had not meant to cause a disturbance. The defendant had been trying to get her point across, she added.

Ms D’Arcy said Howard lived with her mother and helped to care for her.

She suffered from depression and anxiety and could have difficulty controlling her impulses at times.

Judge Dempsey told Howard that gardaí were entitled to carry out their duties without being abused.

Ms D’Arcy said Howard acc-

epted this, and she had not liked hearing the garda’s evidence as she did not recall exactly what she had said.

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