A MEMBER of the travelling community was fined €500 after she was convicted of verbally abusing a member of the gardai.
During a contested hearing at Limerick Court, Margaret Casey, aged 37, of Clonlong Southill denied engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour at Mulgrave Street on March 30, last.
Garda Conor O’Callaghan told the court he was on duty in the Upper William Street area at around 10.45pm when he was alerted to a number of women in a car who were being abusive towards two other women who were on the street.
He said he observed the defendant calling the women “dirty prostitutes” and telling them to “go back to your own country”.
Garda O’Callaghan said he spoke to the occupants of the car at the scene of the disturbance and again a short time later at Mulgrave Street.
He said on the second occasion, Ms Casey, who was in the passenger seat told him and a colleague to “go away ye bunch of stupid pricks”.
In her evidence, the defendant, who has 35 previous convictions, denied making the remarks and she claimed Garda O’Callaghan was “contrary” on the night and had “spoken down” to her as she was a member of the travelling community.
“I never said it,” she said adding: “I wasn’t disputing with anyone.”
Convicting the defendant, Judge Eugene O’Kelly said he did not accept “for one moment” that Ms Casey had been singled out or that she had been treated unfairly because she was a member of the travelling community.
He added that he was satisfied she had spoken to Garda O’Callaghan in an insulting manner.