Friday 19 January 2018

Father who abused gardai 'had attitude towards officers'

Joseph Donnelly who was abusive towards gardai
Joseph Donnelly who was abusive towards gardai

Andrew Phelan

A FATHER-of-one who hurled abuse at gardai conducting a door-to-door investigation on his street had an "attitude" toward members of the force, a court heard.

Joseph Donnelly (27) shouted insults at the officers in front of children playing near his home.

Judge Michael Walsh put him on a bond to keep the peace for a year when he admitted a public order offence.

He also fined him €200.

The accused, with an address at Lismore Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Lismore Road on June 21, 2015.

Gardai were on the street carrying out door to door enquiries as part of an investigation into an incident.

The accused passed by and the gardai greeted him, the court was told.

He proceeded to verbally abuse the officers in front of a number of children who were playing on a green area. There was also an elderly lady walking by.


The court heard the defendant had a number of previous convictions for public order, motoring and other offences.

None of these was for public drunkenness and there was no alcohol involved in the incident in question, Donnelly's lawyer told the court.

"No, just an attitude towards the gardai," Judge Walsh said.

"He would say the gardai didn't say hello and that he was provoked somewhat," Donnelly's lawyer said. "He accepts that his actions were disproportionate."

The accused had previously worked in a bar but was currently unemployed, his lawyer said.

"He had an attitude, like you say, he reacted badly. He shouldn't have reacted in the way he did. He says there was an element of provocation."

The judge put the accused on a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for 12 months.

The bond was in his own sum of €200.

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