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Singer Dolores O'Riordan to hear her fate next month

By Ed Carty

Published 21/01/2016

Guilty plea: Dolores O’Riordan
Guilty plea: Dolores O’Riordan

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan will be sentenced next month for headbutting and spitting on a police officer following an air rage incident, a court has heard.

The multi-million selling artist pleaded guilty last month after being arrested at Shannon Airport in Ireland on November 10, 2014 after a transatlantic flight.

Judge Patrick Durcan told Ennis District Court: "The court's judgment is ready." Sentence will be handed down on February 24.

O'Riordan was not in court after being excused by the judge at the previous hearing.

The singer - since diagnosed with bipolar disorder - admitted four offences, including assault and obstructing a Garda in an incident after an Aer Lingus flight from New York's JFK Airport.

As she was being arrested, O'Riordan told officers that she was an icon and the Queen of Limerick.

The trial heard she accused a Garda officer of sexually assaulting her during the arrest, a claim which has since been retracted.

The court heard that medics suggested she had hypomania, sleep deprivation and paranoia at the time of the incident.

O'Riordan (44), who has three children and lives in New York, had separated from husband Don Burton in the months before her arrest.

She was ordered by Judge Durcan to write letters of apology to all those affected in the incident while he considered sentencing.

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