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Woman who spat at Northern Ireland doorman avoids jail after keeping trouble-free for year

By Nevin Farrell

A drunk woman who spat in the eye of a staff member when she was asked to leave a well-known north coast restaurant has avoided jail after staying out of trouble for a year.

Coleraine Magistrates Court previously heard how Kathy Shannon (33), from Drumachose Mews, Limavady, kicked off after attending Portrush's famous raft race on May 27 last year.

She was back in court this week after sentencing had been deferred.

Last year a court had heard that after "everything had gone swimmingly well", according to her solicitor, Shannon had become aggressive and needed to be restrained by bouncers on the pavement outside Neptune & Prawn in Portrush.

A prosecutor said when Shannon was asked to leave the licensed premises she lashed out at door staff, shouting abuse.

She spat two to three times at door staff, with saliva landing on the mouth and eye of an employee. She had pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and common assault.

A defence solicitor told the court in 2017 that Shannon had been "highly intoxicated" and apologised for her behaviour.

"Normally a pleasant individual", she had behaved in an "outrageous fashion", sparked by alcohol and a change in her antidepressant medication, the lawyer said.

At the court last summer District Judge Liam McNally told Shannon, who had a previous record, that her behaviour warranted a prison sentence of five months, but he deferred sentencing for 12 months.

Back at the same court this week it was heard that there had been no further offences.

Defence solicitor Paddy McGurk said: "Everything has been very smooth and there had been no further contact with the police." Judge McNally imposed a five-month sentence, suspended for two years.

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