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Mum (40) threw holy water at garda and threatened to put a curse on him

Thereasa Maughan (40) came down to the scene, and started screaming and roaring at gardai
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Eimear Cotter

A mother-of-four threatened to put a curse on a garda and threw a bottle of holy water at him after she became irate about her son being stopped by officers during a routine traffic stop, a court heard.

Thereasa Maughan (40) had received a phone call from her son and she immediately came down to the scene, and started screaming and roaring at gardaí.

Judge David McHugh described the incident as "unbelievable hysterics", adding that you "couldn't write it".

Judge McHugh imposed a two-month sentence, which he suspended for six months.

Maughan apologised for her behaviour, claiming she had been trying to protect her son.

The defendant, with an address at St Killian's Park in Clondalkin, admitted threatening and abusive behaviour on July 28, 2019.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court how Garda Mark Walsh had been dealing with a road traffic stop in Clondalkin around 3.30am.

Gda Walsh was waiting for the Drager test machine to be brought to the scene so the driver of the car could be breathalysed and while he was waiting the defendant's son rang his mother.

Sgt Callaghan said Maughan then arrived on the scene. She was highly irate and abusive to gardaí and kept asking them why her son had been stopped.

Sgt Callaghan said the defendant's son fled the vehicle and Maughan became even more irate, screaming and roaring at gardaí and threatening to put a curse on Gda Walsh.

The sergeant said Maughan then asked gardaí if she could get her purse out of the vehicle. While she was doing this she continued to roar and shout, and then squared up to gardaí.

She then threw a holy water bottle at Gda Walsh, Sgt Callaghan also said.

The court was told that Maughan had eight previous convictions.

John O'Doherty, defending, said Maughan was a married mother with four children, two of whom had life-threatening illnesses.

He said the son involved in this incident had suffered from mental health problems and Maughan was doing her best to keep him away from a bad crowd.

Mr O'Doherty said Maughan reacted out of a misplaced loyalty to her son, and she was just trying to protect him.

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