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Gardai had to pepper spray flower bed vandal

MAN SAID HE WOULD PLANT FLOWERS IN HIS GARDEN

Published 20/11/2012 | 09:43

A 36-YEAR- OLD who became very aggressive towards Gardai, saying he could kill them if he wanted to, found himself before last Tuesday's sitting of Wexford District Court.

Before the court was Jason Flanagan from 1 The Green, Convoy, Donegal, who incurred charges against him after Gardai set out to find who damaged flower beds on the Quay.

Inspector Pat Cody told the court that on July 15, 2011 Gardaí received a call about criminal damage to the flower beds on the quay.

They stopped a vehicle at Scullabogue and found the defendant, who was sitting in the back of the car, very aggressive. He shouted at them ' is this about the stupid flowers' before kicking the flowers around the back of the car. He told the Gardai he would plant the flowers in his garden.

The defendant, who was drinking out of a litre bottle of vodka, told the Gardai they were c**ts' and said he was in the army and could kill then if he wanted to.

He was arrested and began to fight with Gardai and had to be pepper sprayed.

Defence solicitor Cormac Dunleavy said his client is a father of three children and the week the incident arose he was in danger of losing custody of his children.

'On the night he was extremely intoxicated,' said Mr. Dunleavy, who apologised to the Gardai on his client's behalf.

'He hasn't drank since this incident or taken drugs,' he said, adding that his client has moved to Donegal to make a 'fresh start'.

' This incident was a turning point in his life,' he added.

Judge Gerard Haughton ordered that he makes a €300 donation to New Ross Town Council for the criminal damage charge, convicted and fined him €400 for obstructing Gardai in their duties and took charges of being drunk in public and using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour into consideration.

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