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Banned driver shut door on garda's hand

A BANNED driver closed the door of his car on a garda's hand after officers went to seize the vehicle which had no road tax or insurance, a court heard.

Robert Gilligan (23) cursed and shouted verbal abuse at gardai who had followed him to a house in Clondalkin.


A judge sentenced the defendant to eight months in prison and disqualified him from driving for 10 years.

Gilligan, of Foxdene Avenue in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence.

He also admitted to threatening and abusive behaviour and assaulting an officer, namely Garda Neil McGrath, during the course of his duty.

The incident took place outside a house at St Ronan's Crescent, Clondalkin on October 27 last. State solicitor, Aisling Kelly, said gardai saw Gilligan driving his car, and followed him back to St Ronan's Crescent.

Gilligan went into a house, and gardai moved to seize the car which had no road tax or insurance.

Ms Kelly said Gilligan came out of the house, and argued with gardai. He closed the door of the car on Garda McGrath's hand. He was uninjured in the incident.

The court heard that there was a "melee", Gilligan abused gardai, and he was arrested. The car was later towed.

The court heard that Gilligan has 22 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.


He had three previous convictions for driving without insurance.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Gilligan was single and lived at home with his mother.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell sentenced the defendant to eight months in prison and banned him from driving for 10 years.