Garda told to pay fine and avoid conviction
A PROBATIONER garda who attacked two female colleagues will avoid a criminal conviction if he pays €1,000 to charity.
Michael Crowley (27), from Blarney, Co Cork, but attached to Crumlin garda station in Dublin, had pleaded guilty in June to assaulting colleagues and former house-mates, Anne Marie Hennessy and Gillian McNulty, during an off-duty incident, on February 15, 2011.
Yesterday, at Dublin District Court, Judge Bridget Reilly said Crowley has expressed remorse and now has awareness and insight into his behaviour. "It has been a very harsh lesson in life, which has certainly stopped him in his tracks," she said.
She held that he would be given the benefit of the Probation Offenders Act if he donates €1,000 to the Pieta House suicide awareness centre within four weeks. The case was adjourned until November 7 for finalisation.
The court heard that Crowley had no previous criminal convictions. Defence solicitor Dara Robinson told the court the case could have consequences for Crowley's future in An Garda Siochana.