Monday 18 December 2017

Reveller punched garda so he would have a bed for night

A REVELLER punched a garda in the face so he would be arrested and taken to a garda station because he had nowhere else to stay
A REVELLER punched a garda in the face so he would be arrested and taken to a garda station because he had nowhere else to stay

Eimear Cotter

A REVELLER punched a garda in the face so he would be arrested and taken to a garda station because he had nowhere else to stay.

Stephen Reilly (23) had been out with college friends but he become separated from them and he couldn't remember where he was staying, Dublin District Court heard.

He was told by gardai to leave an apartment complex but he became aggressive, telling officers, "I'm f**king going nowhere".

Judge Bryan Smyth fined Reilly €300.

The defendant, of Manorfield, Kinnegad, Co Westmeath, admitted before Dublin District Court to punching a garda at Churchwell Rise, Belmayne, Balgriffin on September 25 last year.

Sergeant Kevin Mention said gardai were on mobile patrol around 5.30am when they received a number of complaints about a man ringing the door bells at Churchwell Rise.

Sgt Mention said gardai spoke to Reilly, who said he had been out with a friend and was trying to get into an apartment.

The sergeant said Reilly was directed to leave the area but he told gardai, "I'm f**king going nowhere".

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Sgt Mention said the defendant was given ample opportunity to leave the area, but Reilly refused to leave, telling them "you're going to have to arrest me so".

Sgt Mention said Reilly then punched Gda Brian Judge on the left side of his face, leaving him with a sore and stiff jaw the next day.

In his evidence, the garda said Reilly punched him with a closed fist on the left side of his face. He said he did not suffer any injuries and he did not require any time off work.

The court heard that Reilly has four previous convictions.

Defence lawyer Steven Dixon said Reilly was extremely intoxicated and was "drunk beyond reason".

Mr Dixon said Reilly was "lashing out for the purposes of getting arrested so he would have somewhere to stay".

The court heard Reilly had apologised to the garda for his behaviour, and hasn't come to garda attention since this incident.

Mr Dixon said Reilly, who previously worked in a bookmakers, is currently completing his Leaving Certificate and hopes to go to college to study engineering.

The court also heard Reilly hasn't been out socialising in Dublin since this incident.

hnews@herald.ie

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