Man tried to hit Garda in station

Published 22/01/2004 | 00:11

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A Carlow man who arrived in the local Garda Station and demanded that Gardai retrieve his Credit Union book from his girlfriend was arrested after he tried to hit a Garda, the local District Court heard last week.James Shaw of 4 Brownshill Court, Carlow was charged with being intoxicated to such an extent as to be a danger to himself and others and with engaging in threatening,

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A Carlow man who arrived in the local Garda Station and demanded that Gardai retrieve his Credit Union book from his girlfriend was arrested after he tried to hit a Garda, the local District Court heard last week.

James Shaw of 4 Brownshill Court, Carlow was charged with being intoxicated to such an extent as to be a danger to himself and others and with engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at the Garda Station on July 16, 2003.

Garda Sergeant Benny Mills said that he was on duty in the Station when the defendant arrived and demanded that his Credit Union book be retrieved from his girlfriend.

He said that Shaw was in a drunken state and that when he told him to leave, the defendant tried to hit him through the public hatch.

He said that he again told Shaw to leave and, that when he would not, he arrested him.

Defence solicitor Brendan O'Flaherty said that his client had actually gone to the Station as 'a cry for help'. He said that Shaw, who was on a lot of medication at the time, wanted to be arrested because he had broken a window at his girlfriend's house.

Judge Mary Martin adjourned the case until April 28, ordered a probation officer's report and told the defendant to attend an alcohol awareness and an anger management programme.

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