A young woman pinched a Garda and then called her a dog when she called to Letterkenny Garda station after a friend had been arrested.

Judge Paul Kelly

Judge Paul Kelly

Shannon Frampton appeared in Letterkenny District Court charged with using threatening and abusive behaviour.

The 25 year old had been in the public area on September 24th last and had encountered a female Garda officer whom she began to verbally abuse.

Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that Frampton, from 14 Glenard Park, Letterkenny, shouted “F*** off” and “What are you looking at?”

There was then a scuffle and a Garda was pinched and left with a bruise on her arm by Frampton.

She then had to be restrained but continued to be abusive. When she was released she shouted out a female Garda – “You’re a dog and when I see you off duty, I’ll have you.”

Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had gone to see another person in the Garda station on the night and had lost it.

He stressed that she had no alcohol taken and was simply under a lot of pressure to to issues at home.

“She was simply concerned about the other person’s well-being. She has since sent an apology card to the Garda concerned.

“She accepts she was wrong but this was simply pure frustration on the night,” said Mr Gallagher.

Judge Pau Kelly said Gardai have enough to be doing without getting threats from people like Ms Frampton.

He added that she had already got a yellow card from a previous incident so he fined her €100.


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