A YOUNG woman sleeping on the stairs of an apartment building verbally abused a garda, and then pulled at the radio on the guard’s uniform before scuffling and resisting arrest.
Paula Canty, aged 26, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to three public order charges including one of obstructing the guard. She was jailed for eight months.
Sergeant John Kelleher said: “On June 25, 2019, at 7am, gardaí attended at 76, Shandon Street.
“Nobody could get up or down as there was a woman lying across the stairwell of the apartment complex and they were unable to get her to move.
“The guard approached her and Canty responded by calling her a f***ing whore and to f*** off. As she said this to the guard, she brushed past her in an aggressive manner and walked out the door.
“The guard went to arrest her and she then became physically aggressive and pushed her back.
“When told she was being arrested she became physically aggressive. The guard tried to put handcuffs on her and she resisted. The guard tried to put her to the ground but Paula Canty pushed and tugged at the guard’s piece of radio equipment.
“Assistance was called. A passing security guard gave some assistance by pulling the defendant’s legs from under her and helped to get her into a controlled position on the ground.
“When assistance arrived she was conveyed to Mayfield Garda Station,” Sgt Kelleher said.
In a second matter, she came to the attention of security officers at Mahon Point shopping centre on June 14.
Sgt. Kelleher said: “When approached by gardaí, she handed over the property from four separate shops which she admitted to taking.
“The shops from which property was stolen consisted of Lifestyle Sports, Name It, Jack & Jones, and Claire’s Accessories.”
Canty had 92 previous convictions including 51 for thefts.
Eddie Burke, solicitor, said the amounts of property involved in the thefts were reasonably small and she admitted the offences as soon as she was apprehended.
The judge said the sentence in respect of obstructing the guard and carrying out the thefts was merited.