Tuesday 17 July 2018

Man smeared 'IS' in excrement on walls of garda station cell after 'bad reaction to medication'

Finglas Garda Station Credit: Google Maps
Finglas Garda Station Credit: Google Maps

Eimear Cotter

A man smeared the initials of terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) in faecal matter on the walls of a Dublin garda station cell.

Derek Lonergan (29) claimed he had a bad reaction to medication he had taken and does not remember what he did.

Judge David McHugh applied the Probation Act after he heard that Lonergan had paid for the damage he caused.

The defendant, with an address at Kilcohan Park, Waterford, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a charge of criminal damage.

The incident took place at Finglas Garda Station last November 21.

Gda Louise O'Sullivan said Lonergan was in custody at the time, and had been placed in the cell.

She said the defendant defaced the cell and damaged a blanket, causing a total of €170 in damage and cleaning fees.

In relation to the damage, Lonergan was accused of smearing faecal matter on the walls of the cell.

The court heard that the defendant has 14 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said his client wished to apologise for his behaviour, which was completely unacceptable.

He said he had brought €200 in compensation to court for the damage he had caused.

Mr Fleming said Lonergan has "no recollection" of what happened.

He said the defendant had been prescribed medication, and he had previously had a bad reaction to it.

The court heard that Lonergan had foolishly taken this medication on the day in question.

Mr Fleming said he had "learnt his lesson" and he had advised him on the dangers of taking old medication.

The court heard that Lonergan is currently out of work, but had spent four years working in Australia.

Mr Fleming said he previously suffered from a "depressive insomnia type illness".

Applying the Probation Act, Judge McHugh said Lonergan had brought compensation to court and had "mended the damage" he caused.

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