Cork woman threatened gardaí: 'I will put a curse on you'

Cork woman threatened gardaí: 'I will put a curse on you'
The Cork Courthouse on Anglesea Street.

A CORK woman said she would put a curse on gardaí that they, or someone in their families, would die.

Judge Olann Kelleher said it was a serious threat and he put the case against Madeline Higgins of 239 Comeragh Park, The Glen, Cork, back for one week.

The 47-year-old was given a three-month jail term, suspended for two years on condition that she would write a letter of apology within one week.

“In seven days she is to write a letter of apology, and if she does not do that within seven days, she will go to prison — a fulsome apology to the guards withdrawing all the things she said,” Judge Kelleher said.

Higgins pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening, abusive, or insulting behaviour and being drunk and a source of danger.

Sergeant John Kelleher outlined the background to the incident which happened at 1.45am on April 29 at Comeragh Park.

Sgt Kelleher said that Higgins became highly abusive and threatening towards gardaí.

Higgins said: “I will put a curse on you. I hope you die. I hope someone belonging to you dies. My people will find you.”

She had nine previous convictions, including similar public order counts.

Joseph Cuddigan, solicitor, said: “There is a possibility she may not have been in full control of her mind with the medication and alcohol.

“She wants to apologise for her behaviour on the night. She expressed remorse to her probation officer from the beginning.”

As well as the suspended sentence pending a letter of apology, a fine of €250 was imposed for being drunk and a source of danger.

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