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Pepper spray had to be used during arrest

'PROLONGED VIOLENT EPISODE'

Published 14/03/2012 | 08:55

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A GARDA was forced to use pepper spray and call for a lot of assistance in order to restrain a man in what was described as "a prolonged violent episode", Sligo Court heard.

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Garda Gerard Dillon said Simon Mcginley, Rathbraughan Park, had become very agressive when asked to leave the area after the Garda had responded to a domestic situation on February 7th last.

"It was all my fault," Mcginley said as he pleaded.

Judge Kevin Kilrane was informed that Mcginley had a number of previous convictions, including three for assault and for one of which he was given a threeyear suspended sentence at Sligo Circuit Court. Ms. Laura Spellman, solicitor, defending, said Mcginley "held his hands up". He was a father of a five month old baby and was asking the court for mercy.

Judge Kilrane remanded Mcginley in custody for a week to decide what he would do with him, describing the defendant as a violent man involved in an extremely violent situation in which pepper spray was used and a Garda forced to call on extra resources to deal with the matter.

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