ADHD caused man to lash out at gardai

A LISTOWEL man who clenched his fists at gardai and told them to 'f **k off ' as they tried to search him for drugs did so because he suffers from ADHD which causes him to act impulsively and lose control, his solicitor claimed in court.

Martin Tarmey of Apartment 4, College Cross, Listowel was arrested on July 4, 2012, after gardaí attempted to search him. As well as clenching his fists and telling gardai to f**k off twice, the 52-year-old also hit the garda's hand away during the attempted search.

He was aggressive throughout the incident, the court heard, and was abusive to gardaí until they arrived at the station.

Mr Tarmey's solicitor, Helena O'Carroll said that her client suffered from ADHA, which meant that his demeanour often comes across as hyperactive.

"While he accepts his behaviour on the night was unreasonable, his condition makes him hyper and he finds it hard to control himself," she said

She said Mr Tarmey took umbrage at the fact that he was picked out for a search when he had nothing to hide and didn't have anything on him.

Judge Mary Larkin convicted the defendant of engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour and obstructing a peace officer and fined him €300.

The court also heard that on January 1 of this year, Detective Garda Shane O'Driscoll obtained a warrant carry out a drugs search at Mr Tarmey's home, where the defendant produced €150 worth of cannabis. He told gardaí it was for his own use.

Judge Mary Larkin convicted Mr Tarmey of possession of drugs and fined him €150.

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