Saturday 20 January 2018

Second Dublin man banned from all pubs for a year after he assaulted garda

The chronic alcoholic avoided a prison sentence but was barred from all licensed premises which sell alcohol in the Dublin area when he appeared in court
The chronic alcoholic avoided a prison sentence but was barred from all licensed premises which sell alcohol in the Dublin area when he appeared in court
Fergal Reilly, who was also barred from Dublin pubs

A CHRONIC alcoholic who assaulted a garda has avoided a prison sentence but has been barred from any premises licenced to sell alcohol in the Dublin area for one year.

It’s the second such ban to be issued by a judge this week.

Father-of-two David Lee was given a four month suspended sentence for assaulting Garda Shane Haughney.

Lee had pulled Garda Haughney over a number of tables in a public house before picking up an object and striking the garda over the head, causing a laceration, following an earlier incident at a house, Swords District Court heard.

Lee (30) of Newtown Court, Northern Cross on the Malahide Road pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda Haughney and using threatening and abusive behaviour at The Estuary Pub in Swords on March 25th.

Sergeant Patrick Byrne gave evidence that following an incident at a house in Castlegrange in Swords, Lee had left the house after speaking to gardai.

When gardai left the estate, they noticed Lee hunched down behind a hedge.

Lee told Garda Haughney to 'f**k off' and called him a 'specky c**t' before throwing a bottle at him.

Lee went to the Estuary Pub in Swords and was followed in by Garda Haughney.

'He pulled the door back onto Gda Haughney's arm and pushed his fists up to fight,' said Sgt Byrne.

A struggle ensued and both men fell over tables and a number of customers fled the pub.

Gda Haughney received a laceration to his head after Lee struck him over the head with an object.

Lee, who has 23 previous convictions, was arrested and charged.

Defence solicitor Ms Fiona Darcy told the court that Lee is a 'chronic alcoholic' who was heavily addicted to cannabis.

She said Lee has been struggling for some time with cannabis and alcohol and had far too much to drink on the night.

She said it was the mother of Lee's two children who had contacted gardai that night as Lee had been drinking too much.

Judge Alan Mitchell said he takes a serious view of assaults on gardai and after he handed Lee a four month sentence which he suspended for one year, he ordered that Lee stay away from all premises licenced to sell alcohol for one year. He also ordered that Lee not be under the influence of alcohol in public.

'It is in your own interest not to come to garda attention,' he warned Lee.

The court-imposed ban from all licensed premises for David Lee came a day after Dubliner Fergal Reilly was also told by a district court judge that he was banned from pubs across the capital for 12 months.

Swords District Court heard that Fergal Reilly (32), with an address at Limekiln Hall, Dublin Road, Navan, Co Meath, admitted to charges of public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

Judge Alan Mitchell also imposed a two month sentence but suspended it for six months and ordered Reilly to stay out of every pub in the Dublin area for the next 12 months.

The incident took place at Castlegrange Way in Swords shortly after 2pm on September 20.

Garda Alan McGrath said he was called to Castlegrange Way following reports of a drunken male in the area.

Gda McGrath said Reilly was very drunk, was shouting and was verbally abusing a number of residents. He was also |banging on front doors and he stated to gardai that a man had abused a male in the area.

Gda McGrath said he spoke to Reilly who told him to “f**k off” and “go get the real criminals”.

The court heard Reilly has 64 previous convictions, mostly for theft related matters.

By Nicola Donnelly

Irish Independent

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