Man told garda - 'I hope you get cancer'
A 38-year-old man who told a garda "I hope you and your family get cancer" has been jailed for two months.
In a reference to the burial of cervical cancer victim Emma Mhic Mhathúna, which took place yesterday, Judge Patrick Durcan said: "On today of all days."
He continued: "On today of all days, when flags are flying at half-mast at Government Buildings, when so many people in this courtroom and across the country are affected by all that has happened and by ill health generally, we get an appalling comment like this."
Ennis District Court heard that Patrick Maughan, of Stonecourt, Drumbiggle, Ennis, Co Clare, made the comment of Garda Declan Keavey.
Maughan pleaded guilty to two public order offences from the incident. Sgt Aiden Lonergan said that on August 6 last, Mr Maughan was in a heated argument with two others on Ennis's Abbey Street when Gda Keavey arrived and attempted to defuse matters.
He said Maughan was extremely intoxicated and made the "cancer" comment to Gda Keavey.
Maughan was arrested and brought to Ennis garda station where he urinated on the mattress in his prison cell.
Sgt Lonergan said Maughan had 43 previous convictions, including a number of public order offences.
The court heard he is currently homeless.
In court, Maughan said: "I'm sorry for what I said."