Cranberries singer, Dolores O’Riordan has been fined £4,690, ($6,617.13) for an air rage incident that included her head-butting and spitting on a police officer.
O’Riordan narrowly avoided criminal conviction over the incident which took place after the singer was removed from a flight from New York to Ireland in November 2014.
The hugely popular singer had already pleaded guilty in December of last year after being arrested at Shannon Airport in Ireland on November 10 2014 following a major disturbance on a transatlantic flight.
Since the 2014 incident, O’Riordan who has now been diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder has admitted to four offences, including, three assaults and obstructing the police.
As the singer was being arrested, the 44-year-old singer and resident judge on Ireland’s version of The Voice told police officers that she was an “icon” and the “Queen of Limerick.”
At Ennis District Court on Wednesday, Judge Patrick Durcan said, “Let me be utterly clear that the defendant is not being treated any differently than anyone else.”
He also said that it would be unfair to give a criminal conviction to the Cranberries star, as medical reports that were given to the court showed that the singer had been suffering mania and was mentally ill at the time the incident occurred.
As for the fine imposed, the judge suggested that O’Riordan’s fine should be paid to a charity that helps prisoners ahead of their release from prison.
At the court, O’Riordan’s solicitor Bill O’Donnell did not contest any of the evidence given during her initial trial, and said the singer, who was going through a marriage break-up at the time, was under huge emotional stress.
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