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Groom's mother threw glasses at police officers

A 35-year-old mother-of-the groom was under “siege” from gate-crashers at the wedding reception when she lobbed missiles at police, Fermanagh Court has heard.

Mary Reilly was fined £400 after she admitted assaulting a police officer and being disorderly at the reception in Enniskillen last month.

A prosecutor told the court that just before midnight on December 7 police were called to a disturbance at the Three Ways Inn on the Sligo Road outside the Co Fermanagh town.

They saw Reilly standing near a side door of the pub shouting abuse at members of the public. Officers spoke to her about her behaviour but she ran towards a woman, grabbing her by the hair and striking her once to the side of the head. The police arrested Reilly, from Cullfarran, Johnstown, Navan, for being disorderly after she threw two pint glasses at them.

Defence solicitor Donal Fee said the reception turned into a major incident after a large number of uninvited guests arrived and forced their way in.

“She was taking refuge from the siege by these gate-crashers,” Mr Fee said. “Thankfully, nobody was injured as a result of her actions.”

He said the mother-of-five, two of whose children are severely disabled, had been seriously assaulted during the disturbance and made a complaint to police which led to a third party being charged with a criminal offence.

“She was trying to defend herself,” said Mr Fee, adding that her only previous convictions were for motoring offences in 1999.

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