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Mother-of-two jailed for violent disturbance 'has cost taxpayer a fortune', court told

THE CASE of a mother-of-two repeatedly arrested for violent, drunken city centre disturbances has “cost taxpayers an absolute fortune”, a judge has said.

Judge Michael Walsh said it was “simply outrageous” that prosecutions against Rachel Morgan had been adjourned up to 16 times before being dealt with.

He said 10 of these charges were for failing to appear in court and “how she managed to get bail beggars belief”.

Judge Walsh jailed Morgan (35) for six months.

The accused, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to a litany of public order, theft and other offences dating between 2014 and 2018.

In one incident, gardai were called to a public order disturbance at Carman’s Hall hostel in the south inner city on March 2, 2018.

Gardai were directed to a room where a couple were having an argument and tried to separate them.

Morgan be came “extremely violent” and was arrested.

She also became violent when gardai were taking a prisoner to Pearse Street on August 8, 2017. She was intoxicated and “turned her aggression” on gardai, the court heard.

Morgan had become addicted to drugs at the “shockingly early age” of 13, her solicitor Yvonne Bambury said.

Alcohol later became a substitute for this.

She had suffered a lot of misfortune in life and was blind in one eye because of a “medical mistake”.

The court heard Morgan was homeless, street drinking and leading a chaotic lifestyle.

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