A FATHER-of-four who lost his temper after being sold a faulty car was fined €200 for using threatening and abusive language and behaviour towards the Gardai.
Martin Maughan (23), Sillogue Green, Ballymun pleaded guilty to the public order offence which occurred at North Street, Swords on August 20. Garda Leonard Clarke told Swords District Court rhat he was called to a dispute, where Mr Maughan was demanding a refund of €500 from the person who sold him a 'faulty car'. Mr Maughan was 'not happy' when Garda Clarke said that this was a civil matter and he pointed his finger in the Garda's face and started shouting abuse at him.
After he was arrested, Mr Maughan apologised to Garda Clarke and he was refunded his €500 from the person who sold him the car. Fiona D'Arcy, solicitor for Maughan, said that after buying this car, her client brought the car to a mechanic and was told that the chasis was bent and it was a 'write off '. He was very annoyed and lost his temper when his demands for a refund were not being met. Ms D'Arcy said that he accepted that his conduct was 'over the top completely' but he was under finanical stress at the time.
Money was ' very tight' and he had saved for a long time to raise the €500 to buy a car to allow his wife drive their four children to and from school.