Wednesday 21 February 2018

Ex-politician Gary O’Flynn gets suspended sentence for possession of knife

THE SON of former Fianna Fail TD Noel O’Flynn has received a suspended sentence and fine for public disorder and possession of a knife.

Gary O’Flynn (37), with an address at Hayfield Drive, Castle Court, Whitechurch, Co Cork, had pleaded not guilty to the charges including a further offence of being threatening, abusive, or insulting but was convicted last month.

Gary O’Flynn is a former member of Cork City Council until he stepped down in 2007. He was also a member of Fianna Fail.

Judge Olann Kelleher described the night in question as fraught for everyone involved.

The message had to go out that people who carry knives can expect a prison sentence, he said.

However, he accepted Mr O'Flynn was of previous good character, had no previous convictions and has shown remorse.

He sentenced him to six months in prison for possessing a knife, suspending it for a period of two years on good behaviour.

He fined him a total of €800 on the two other public order charges.

During the trial, the court heard how the charges arose out of an incident at Gorby's nightclub in February 2011.

The club owner Niall Carney had approached Mr O'Flynn following a complaint that he had thrown a drink over a woman.

Mr Carney said O'Flynn became aggressive and swore at him.

He refused to move to a quieter part of the club and warned the club owner he was a practicing solicitor.

Gardai who called to the club described Mr O'Flynn as very abusive.

One officer said that, in his 40 years in the force, the defendant was the most arrogant man he had ever met.

When O'Flynn was asked about a pen knife found in a pocket after his arrest, he said it was for his own protection and he would use it again, the court was told.

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