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Son of ex-TD to be sentenced after psychiatric examination

Published 12/01/2013 | 05:00

A JUDGE has delayed imposing sentence on the son of a former Fianna Fail TD for intoxication and possession of a flick-knife.

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Judge Olann Kelleher adjourned sentencing of former Cork City Council member Gary O'Flynn (37) after saying he had concerns over the manner in which he gave evidence at his trial last December.

Judge Kelleher told Cork District Court that he would order a psychiatric report to assist him with sentencing.

He believed it would be "unfair" to O'Flynn for him to impose sentence without having a psychiatric report to assist him.

Counsel for O'Flynn told the court that his client was already attending psychiatrist Dr Eugene Morgan.

He said there was no difficulty with the preparation of such a report for court consideration.

Judge Kelleher adjourned sentencing until March 6.

O'Flynn, of Hayfield Drive, Castle Court, Whitechurch, Co Cork, had denied two public order offences – intoxication and threatening and abusive behaviour. He was also charged with possession of a flick knife.

He was convicted last December on the charges which related to incidents in a Cork city centre nightclub two years ago.

O'Flynn, a solicitor, is the son of outspoken former Fianna Fail TD Noel O'Flynn, who did not defend his seat at the 2011 General Election.

He had been socialising with friends on February 25 and 26, 2011. Shortly at 1am he went to Gorby's Nightclub on Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork.

Club owner Niall Carney later received a complaint about O'Flynn's behaviour.

It was alleged he had poured a drink over a woman in the club.

Mr Carney said that when he approached O'Flynn he became aggressive and told him to "go f**k himself."

O'Flynn also refused to move to a quieter part of the club and after demanding a refund for his drink, drank it in front of the club owner and laughed.

He warned Mr Carney: "I'm a practising solicitor, try and make me (leave)."

Gardai were called and Sgt Shane Ellis said O'Flynn was "very abusive".

Retired Garda Ciaran O'Donovan described his behaviour as the worst he had seen in 30 years.

Irish Independent

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