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Northern Ireland granny (38) threatened to put diner through restaurant window

By Nevin Farrell

A 38-year-old grandmother who "caused a scene" after threatening to put a woman through a window in a restaurant has been given a suspended jail term.

Paula Shannon, of Hawthornden Flats in Antrim's Newpark estate, appeared at the district Magistrates Court yesterday for sentencing.

She was charged with assault and being disorderly at Brewers Fayre in Junction One retail park in Antrim on February 14.

A prosecutor said police were called to the restaurant at 4.40pm where staff said Shannon had been verbally abusive to another customer and had "caused a scene".

He told the court the victim told officers she had just entered the restaurant with a child, her sister and mother when the defendant "used expletives" towards her and "threatened to put her through a window".

The victim told them she was in fear of being assaulted but her mother had put her arm out to prevent Shannon from getting any closer.

The prosecutor said when interviewed Shannon made a counter-claim to police that it was the victim who had threatened to put her through a window.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had previously been convicted after a contest, which went ahead despite her leaving the court because "she simply couldn't cope".

He added his client was engaging with a community psychiatric team and was not fit to do community service.

He said Shannon was now a grandmother, and was dealing with alcohol issues.

District Judge Oonagh Mullan noted the defendant had a number of previous convictions for disorderly behaviour and assault.

She said that she would not operate a suspended sentence as it was for a different type of matter.

Imposing a two-month prison term, suspended for two years, the district judge told Shannon that "obviously you do have issues".

However, Ms Mullan added she was pleased to see her engaging with psychiatric services.

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