Sunday 18 February 2018

Pensioner (91) fined for hitting garda at care home

Niall O’Mahoney, who was fined €500 for refusing to leave a nursing home and obstructing a garda.
Niall O’Mahoney, who was fined €500 for refusing to leave a nursing home and obstructing a garda.

A 91-year-old man who struck a female garda after she was called to a row at a nursing home has been fined €500.

Niall O'Mahoney, of Ardkilmartin, Kilmallock, Co Limerick, refused to leave the Maria Goretti Nursing Home, located across from his home, after a disagreement with his daughter-in-law, who runs the facility.

Gardai were called to the nursing home, but the retired farmer refused to leave and "struck out" at Gda Mary Louise Armstrong, who was bruised but not seriously injured.

O'Mahoney pleaded guilty at Kilmallock District Court to obstructing Gda Armstrong in the course of her duty at the nursing home last February 25.

Last month when he appeared before Kilmallock District Court, Judge Mary Larkin ordered him to write a letter of apology to the officer and suggested he make a monetary contribution to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

DISRESPECT

When the case was called yesterday, solicitor Robin Lee told the court he was not in a position to furnish a letter of apology.

Mr Lee said his client had no issue with the gardai, but said the matter "goes deeper to the root of the incident".

He told the court that O'Mahoney is "of the view he has taken a lot of punishment already". His client, he added, was present in court yesterday and has always attended and he "doesn't want to disrespect the process".

Judge Larkin was told O'Mahoney was in receipt of an old age pension and had transferred his farm, located across from the nursing home, to his two sons.

Before convicting him and fining him, the judge admitted she felt quite discommoded by the incident, adding that there was probably a matter of principle involved.

Irish Independent

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