Gardai used pepper spray on bidder at auction room
GARDAI were forced to use pepper spray to subdue and restrain a member of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) who resisted arrest after disrupting a sale.
The doors of Limerick Auction Rooms in the city had to be locked after Shane O'Neill (41), of Macroom, Co Cork, became agitated when he was asked to leave a sale last December.
He claimed he had successfully bid for a number of items that "were not honoured".
At Limerick District Court yesterday, the father of two admitted obstructing a garda officer in the course of an arrest.
The court heard O'Neill had been bidding on items but his bids were considered "unrealistic" and ignored.
He was asked to leave and the doors of the auction room were locked after he tried to "barge past gardai" in an effort to regain access to the auction.
Gda Mick Dunne and Gda Sean Dervan asked him to desist from his behaviour but he refused to comply.
They had to use pepper spray and handcuffs because of the "violent manner in which he was behaving", the court heard.
O'Neill's solicitor, John Devane, said his client felt he was "treated in a deplorable manner", but agreed he was aware there is a civil remedy to this type of dispute.
The court heard O'Neill is a volunteer with the RNLI and has worked with the Irish Cancer Society since 2001. The case was adjourned until July 31.