Woman pinned down and choked her mum
By Eimear Cotter
Monday November 01 2010
A WOMAN who got her mother on the ground and put her hands around her neck during a family argument was suffering from postnatal depression at the time, a court heard.
Diana Ward (27) was also taking a lot of medication, and doesn’t remember much about the incident.
A judge adjourned the case for three months to see if Ward can stay out of trouble. Judge Brian Sheridan said he will apply the probation act if the defendant doesn’t come to further garda attention.
Ward admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a breach of the peace, as well as threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to follow the directions of gardai.
The incident took place at Shancastle Drive in Clondalkin on March 1 last year.
Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to Ward’s family home shortly before midnight.
When they arrived Ward and her mother were on the ground, and the defendant had her hands around her mother’s neck.
Sgt Callaghan said Ward was verbally abusive to gardai and to members of her family, shouting insults at them.
She was asked to leave the area but failed to do so and had to be restrained and arrested.
Her defence lawyer said Ward, a lone parent with three children, was suffering postnatal depression at the time of the incident, and was on a lot of medication.
She has since moved back into the family home, and is getting on much better with her mother. She is currently on methadone, and free from illegal drugs.
– Eimear Cotter