Community service for man who drove truck at gardai
A MAN who drove a skip truck at gardai in a frenzy after his home was burnt down during a feud has been ordered to do 220 hours of community service work.
Jason McDonagh (25), of Belcamp Lane, Dublin, pleaded guilty to driving the truck at gardai at the Tara Lawns Halting Site, Coolock, on March 27, 2011.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that when gardai arrived at the halting site they found a large group of Travellers screaming and shouting and one man being treated by an ambulance crew.
Garda Anthony Galbraith told prosecuting barrister Derek Cooney that they then found McDonagh driving a skip truck at other Travellers.
He said that the truck then drove at speed at the gardai.
Defence barrister Tony McGillicuddy said his client had earlier moved his wife and two children out of the halting site for their own safety.
He said his home was burnt out earlier in the evening and no one had been charged in relation to this.
He said: "In frenzy and without any rational thought he endangered gardai."
Judge Mary Ellen Ring had previously adjourned sentencing in order to see if he was eligible for community service.