Judge issues stern warning to mother-of-three after ‘pie fight’ in takeaway

January 9, 2019

A 26-year-old Ballybofey mother-of-three has been warned that she is building up a ‘very unhelpful record’ following a ‘pie fight’ in a Letterkenny takeaway.

At 3:16am on November 24, Gardai responded to a report of an intoxicated woman ‘screaming and shouting’ at Apache Pizza on Port Road, Letterkeny.

Darby, of 64 The Beeches, Ballybofey became abusive to Gardai and initially gave a false name.

“This was a small understanding that developed after the item she received was not the item she ordered,” defending solicitor Frank Dorrian told Letterkenny District Court.

“She was intoxicated and was socialising before she arrived at the venue.

“The CCTV shows the situation developed as a conversation and turned into an argument.

“It was ‘I’m not taking it, I want my money back’ and away we go. It  was something mundane that developed into this pie fight.”

Mr Dorrian said his client was a 26-year-old mother-of-three who was a ‘perfectly pleasant young lady’, who he said had ‘paid a high price for her night out’.

“She wants to put all of this behind her,” he said.

Darby, who has two previous convictions, was fined €100 and given three months to pay.

Judge Paul Kelly said: “Her reaction to Gardai when charged, three hours later, is not to her credit. She is not setting a great example for her three children by carrying on like this.

“She is building up a very unhelpful record and the sooner she starts sorting it out, the better.”

Darby, addressing the judge, said she was ‘very sorry’ for the incident’.


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