Woman intervened as partner got arrested

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A woman who admitted a ‘Tammy Wynette inspired piece of behaviour’ has been given a conditional discharge.

Catherine McDaid, of Ardnamoyle Park, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour, assaulting and resisting police on June 16.

The charges relate to an incident in the Wesley Street area of the city.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 20-year-old intervened as her partner was being arrested. She was agitated and ‘screaming and shouting’ at the officers.

McDaid also lunged towards an officer and had to be restrained. She was told to go home and she shouted at police ‘what the f*** are you going to do about it’.

She lunged at another officer and attempted to bite another.

The court was told the police officers did not sustain any injuries and when McDaid was placed into a police car was ‘co-operative’.

Defence solicitor Kevin Casey told the court the man who was being arrested is ‘no stranger to the court’.

He said this was an ‘emotional situation’ and McDaid ‘got involved in something she shouldn’t have got involved in’.

Mr Casey added that the 20-year-old recently had a child and the father is not going to be available for some time as he is in custody.

He said it was a ‘Tammy Wynette inspired piece of behaviour’.

Imposing the conditional discharge, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘lets hope her taste in men improves over the years’.

He warned not to get into any further trouble with police in the next two years.