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Thursday 24 April 2014

Defendant receives a 20-month sentence Man who assaulted three gardai is jailed

An Enniscorthy man received a 20 month prison sentence for assaulting three gardai at Market Square.

Twenty-nine year-old Owen Kinsella, of flat two, Slaney Street, Enniscorthy, was convicted and sentenced to twelve months for assault causing harm to Garda Walter Hovenden at Market Square on April 21 2006, four months for an assault on garda Karen Burke and a further four for an assault on Garda Michael Dunne on the same occasion.

Sgt Mick Morrissey told the court that the three Gardai had responded to a disturbance call at Malocca's take away and met the source of the call, Owen Kinsella, on the way.

When the three were in conversation with the defendant he 'drew out and struck Garda Hovenden on the side of the head' with his fist.

Garda Hovenden fell to the ground and when he went to get up he struck him on the side of the head again causing him to fall to the ground for a second time.

When Gardai Burke and Dunne went to his assistance they too received blows.

Mr. Kinsella ran from the scene in to the middle of the river Slaney before being coaxed out after some time.

He was arrested by Garda Ursula Quarry.

Sgt Morrissey said both Garda Burke and Dunne had received blows to the head and were off work sick for a short while but Garda Hovenden had received serious blows was still off sick.

Following the assault he had to receive an MRI scan to check for permanent damage.

'His face and forehead were swollen for a number of weeks afterwards,' he said.

The court heard that the previous day Garda Joe O'Keeffe had been on patrol when he came across the defendant in a very drunk state at Templeshannon Quay.

He was alone at the time and not in a position to arrest him.

Mr. Kinsella has a number of previous convictions including burglary, criminal damage, public order offences and hit and run.

Defending solicitor Caitriona Walsh apologised to the Gardai on her client's behalf and asked Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla to take in to account his guilty plea. She added that while in custody he had taken part in courses for anger management and alcohol abuse.

'This is an exceptionally serious matter,' said Judge O Buachalla, 'three members of the Gardai were injured with particular serious injury to Garda Hovenden.'

He convicted and sentenced Mr Kinsella on the three assaults taking a number of public order offences in to consideration.

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