Wednesday 18 October 2017

‘You’re a fool, a cheeky pup and a clown’: Judge didn’t like Listowel man’s harassment claim

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A Listowel man who contested a charge of using a mobile phone in a car was described as a cheeky little pup, a clown and a fool by a judge who was not impressed by the defendant’s claim that he was being harassed by a garda.

Patrick O’Sullivan, 5 Curraghclose, Listowel, was before Judge James O’Connor charged with the mobile phone offence which he said he had not committed.

The prosecuting garda in the case said he had seen Mr O’Sullivan with the phone to his ear inside a car at William Street, Listowel.

Mr O’Sullivan denied he had the phone to his ear but said he had seen the garda. “I saw him, he was walking down the street, he didn’t even stop me,” he said.

“Why would the Garda say he saw it?” Judge O’Connor asked the defendant.

“Because he doesn’t like me - harassing me,” Mr O’Sullivan replied.

“Why doesn’t he like you?” the judge demanded.

“I don’t know, maybe he has issues himself,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“You’re a psychoanalyst too? What you are is a smart alec, you know. What you really are is a clown and a fool. Go down to your chair now,” Judge McCarthy said.

“Not a bother,” Mr O’Sullivan said, departing the witness box.

“No court wants to be vindictive, but this fellow deserves a right lash because he’s a cheeky little pup,” said the judge who fined Mr O’Sullivan €125 for the mobile phone charge and a further €125 on a charge of driving without ‘L’ plates from a separate offence.

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