A north Louth man has accused a garda of being rough with him and traumatising him so badly that he needed counselling.
William Quigley, Barronstown, Hackballscross, was before Dundalk District Court accused of public order offences in Earl Street on May 31st.
Garda James Mangan said gardaí were dealing with an incident on the street when Quigley starting roaring abuse at officers and when he refused to give his name and address, he was arrested.
But Quigley told Judge Flann Brennan he has a sinus problem and Gda Mangan might have thought that while he was clearing his nose that he was making a remark at officers.
He claimed Gda Mangan said something about his nose and told him to give his name and address.
Quigley said he asked the garda why he had to give his name and claimed Gda Mangan became 'very aggressive' with him.
He said: 'The garda handcuffed me and threw me into the squad car.
'He kept me in the station for six hours and didn't give me any food or water'.
Gda Mangan told the judge that Quigley refused to cooperate and he was left in the station until he gave his name and address.
Quigley said he asked for a solicitor, but Gda Mangan refused, a claim the Garda strenuously denied.
Quigley alleged Gda Mangan was very abusive and he had to have counselling for the duress he suffered.
But the defendant refused to give evidence under oath and Judge Brennan said in that case he was more inclined to believe Gda Mangan.
Giving Quigley the Probation Act, Judge Brennan told him he needed to change his attitude towards gardaí.