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Monday 28 July 2014

Drunken 'Angela's Ashes' actor threatened gardai

Greg Harkin

Published 21/01/2014|02:30

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Well known actor Gerard McSorley as he left Letterkenny District Court.  (NewspixIrl)
Well known actor Gerard McSorley as he left Letterkenny District Court. (NewspixIrl)

AN actor who admitted using threatening and abusive behaviour towards gardai has told a court he has been undergoing treatment for alcohol addiction.

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Gerard McSorley (63), who has starred in a number of movies including a biopic on the life of murdered 'Sunday Independent' journalist Veronica Guerin, was arrested at his home in west Donegal yesterday afternoon and brought before Letterkenny District Court.

A bench warrant had been issued for his arrest at the District Court in Dublin in November after he failed to appear on a charge of using threatening and abusive behaviour in St Stephen's Green earlier that month.

Garda Rory Harrison told Judge Paul Kelly at yesterday's court that he had arrested Omagh-born McSorley at his home in Bunbeg, Gweedore, Co Donegal, at 1.15pm by arrangement.

Judge Kelly asked the accused if he wished to have a solicitor.

"I'm pleading guilty so I don't see any point in it," replied McSorley.

Gda Harrison said that when he arrested McSorley, the actor said he had missed his court appearance in Dublin on November 28 because he didn't know about the court date.

The officer told Judge Kelly that McSorley had been arrested at a Staunton's Hotel at 2am on November 6.

"He was standing on the steps of the B&B and was being abusive and causing a disturbance at the scene," said Gda Harrison. "He was asked to desist and refused to do so and continued to be abusive, disturbing other guests on the premises."

The garda said the 'Angela's Ashes' actor had a number of previous convictions for similar offences and had been convicted in 2001 for impersonating a garda officer.

Judge Paul Kelly told McSorley it was clear that "alcohol has been a problem for you and will continue to be unless you address it".

The accused told the court: "I am doing everything I can. I have just completed five weeks in a psychiatric unit and I was released two weeks ago under the care of my doctor."

Judge Kelly fined the actor €200.

Irish Independent

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