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Sunday 20 April 2014

Man who said he was the Pope and bit Garda put on flight

A man who claimed he was the Pope and then bit a Garda was allowed to fly back to Australia.

Sean McLaughlin (23) was told by Gardai to go home when they encountered him in Buncrana, Co Donegal in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

He roared 'w*****s' twice at Gardai as they patrolled the town and then gave them the 'middle finger.'

When he was asked for his name he told Gardai he was "John Paul, The Pope."

McLaughlin, of Cloontagh, Clonmany, was then arrested but as he was being cautioned he bit one of the arresting Gardai.

Letterkenny District Court was told today that McLaughlin remembered little about the incident due to drinking.

Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had no excuse or reason for his actions as he had never been in trouble before and had no malice towards the Gardai.

His parents were with him in court and were also deeply embarrassed by what had happened, added Mr Dorrian.

Mr Dorrian said his client was due on a flight back to Australia last night at 10pm which he planned to be on.

Judge Kelly said it was McLaughlin's first offence and that the assault was at the lower end of the scale and ordered McLaughlin to pay €300 to St Vincent De Paul and agreed to strike all matters out.

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