A DINGLE man resisted his arrest with such ferocity that he 'destroyed' a €100 fleece belonging to the arresting officer.
Brian Houlihan of 2 Avondale, Dingle, pleaded guilty to two public order charges as well as obstruction, failing to comply with the direction of a garda and criminal damage when he appeared at Dingle District Court on Friday. The charges arose from an altercation with gardaí on August 11 last, when a request to leave the area escalated out of control.
Friday's court was told that at 9.45pm on the night in question, gardaí noticed Mr Houlihan sitting on a wall 'gesturing to people.' He was asked to leave the area but refused and was eventually arrested, but according to Superintendent Jim O'Connor there 'wasn't too much cooperation.'
He said that gardaí struggled to arrest him and in the course of the struggle he destroyed Garda Nealan's €100 fleece jacket.
Defence solicitor Pat Mann said that his 39-year-old client had been working all day and had a few glasses of wine and 'before anyone knew what happened there was a fracas on the street.'
He said the entire thing was a "misunderstanding in reality" and was over within 15 minutes.
Judge James O'Connor said the incident was "far from nice" and ordered Mr Houlihan to pay Garda Nealan €100 for the fleece and an additional €600 to the court poor box before October 26 to avoid a conviction.