WHEN GARDAI went to seize an English-registered vehicle near Charlestown last January, the driver refused to hand over the keys, drove into a driveway and told the gardai to "f**k off".
And the previous September, the same man was caught trying to steal a purse from a ladies bag in a Charlestown supermarket.
As a result, Tom Maughan, with addresses of Laveymore, Charlestown, and Ballymote Road, Charlestown, was summoned for various offences on January 31 last at Laveymore, Charlestown, and on September 20, 2011, at Murphy's Londis, Lowpark, Charlestown,
Inspector Colm Nevin told the court that on January 30, gardai met Maughan and cautioned him that he would have to register his English-registered van.
Gardai later met him at Laveymore Estate and attempted to seize the van. But Maughan became threatening. He refused to hand over the keys and drove into a driveway. He told gardai to get out of his way and to "f**k off."
He also told them: "You will only get shit from me. You will come down here once more and it will be the last time you will come down."
Inspector Nevin also told the court that on September 20 last, gardai received a call from Murphy's Londis supermarket in Charlestown, where Maughan was found with his hand on a purse in a lady's bag. Maughan abused the proprietor. After previous convictions against the defendant were outlined, defending solicitor Mr. Gerard McGovern said his client did not have a very good record.
Mr. McGovern added that Maughan put his hands up at the earliest opportunity. He was the father of a number of young children.
Mr. McGovern asked Judge McLoughlin to be as lenient as possible.
In relation to the charge of attempted larceny, the Judge asked if Maughan was prepared to do community service.
Mr. McGovern: "He is. He is most anxious not to go to jail."
Judge McLoughlin then adjourned this charge to November 28 to see if Maughan was suitable for 180 community service in lieu of six months in prison.
For dangerous driving on January 31st last, Maughan was fined €200 and disqualified from driving for two years.
For having no insurance, he was fined €300 and also disqualified for two years, concurrent.
Other summonses were "taken into consideration."