Michelle Conroy, aged 47, of Arch Court, Roscommon Town, Co Roscommon, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder at Lower O’Connell St, Dublin, on December 27, 2012. She has 14 previous convictions.
Judge Desmond Hogan
said she had shown a “blatant disregard for the public”. He said she had been “multi-tasking” as she kicked Michael Joyce on the ground while holding a pram containing a small child.
Conroy was due to be sentenced on Monday but failed to show up in court. A bench warrant was issued for her arrest but cancelled when she appeared yesterday. Judge Hogan imposed a two-year sentence, suspended in full for two years.
Garda Michael Galligan told Tony McGillicuddy BL, prosecuting, that CCTV footage showed Mr Joyce walking into Londis as a group of two men and three women with two young children walked towards the shop.
The men had their faces covered and Kathleen Sweeney, daughter of Conroy, went into the shop and pushed Mr Joyce onto the street. The group set upon Mr Joyce and kicked and punched him on the ground.
Conroy kicked Mr Joyce at least eight times.