A WOMAN who had to be restrained by Gardaí following an incident outside a Buncrana hotel was ‘at a loss’ as to what had happened. 

Leanne Duffy (37) of Annagh, Emyvale County Monaghan, was before Buncrana District Court in connection with the incident.

Duffy was arrested under the public order act on August 22, 2015. She was conveyed to Buncrana Garda Station and charged at 5.55am. She made no reply after caution.

Sergeant Collins said that Gardaí received a report of an alleged assault in the car park of the Inishowen Gateway Hotel.

When Gardaí arrived, Duffy was sitting on a bus and was asked to step off.

The court heard that she became physically and verbally abusive and Gardaí had to restrain Duffy, who was highly intoxicated at the time.

Duffy was charged with being intoxicated in a public place and with using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour.

Solicitor for Duffy, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client, a mother of one, was attending her cousin’s wedding and she had returned to the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, where her parents were staying.

“It may be the case that she dozed off and when she came around, she was not completely with the project,” Mr Dorrian said.

“She is at a loss. This is so far out of character it is almost indescribable. Something unusual happened, this is not her general mode. She regrets this completely.

“It is so far beyond the expectation of her family that it doesn’t require any more comment. She apologises for her conduct.”

Judge Paul Kelly said if Duffy made a €150 donation to the Letterkenny Youth and Community Club, he would strike out the charges.


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