Woman sentenced for verbally abusing Garda and motorist who stopped to help her

Woman sentenced for verbally abusing Garda and motorist who stopped to help her

A MOTORIST stopped her car to assist a woman who was intoxicated and in some danger on the road but the woman reacted angrily when the motorist refused to drive her where she wanted to go.

Garda Kay Griffin testified at Cork District Court that she responded to a call to Sarsfield Road, Cork, at 8.30 p.m. on September 26 last.

Garda Griffin said 39-year-old Gillian Cullen of Elton Lawn, Bishopstown, Cork, was sitting on the side of the road and the motorist assisted her.

“Ms Cullen then demanded that the motorist driver her home. She refused as she had small children in the car.

“Ms Cullen shouted abuse at her. She continued to be verbally abusive at the scene later.

“She told me to ‘f*** off. I have a load of money coming to me. You will still be here working to pay your mortgage,” Garda Griffin said.

Judge Carol Anne Ní Chúllacháin convicted Cullen in her absence on the charge of engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said the accused had a lot of medical difficulties and suffered from depression, “and probably an addiction to formally prescribed medication. She would have a very difficult personal background and would be regularly at risk herself.” The judge imposed a suspended one-month sentence on the defendant in her absence at Cork District Court.

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