Thursday 26 April 2018

Garda was abused by drunken man

AN ADAMSTOWN man who called a Garda 'a prick' has been ordered to pay €500 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

Wesley Martin, of 28 Woodview Drive, pleaded guilty to being intoxicated at Adamstown on November 25, 2011. He also pleaded guilty to using, threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour on the same occasion.

Garda Eamonn Whelan told Wexford District Court that he spoke to the defendant outside a premises. The defendant, he said, started shouting and banging on the bonnet of the patrol car with his hands, and he became very aggressive. He then came around to the driver's door window telling the gardaí to 'f... off'. Having called for assistance extra gardaí arrived.

The defendant, he said, continued to be aggressive, going to other gardaí saying 'you're all right', but on approaching Garda Whelan said 'you're a prick'.

Defence solicitor Timothy Cummings told the court that the defendant apologised for his actions. He very much regrets what he said to the gardaí on the night, particularly what he said to Garda Whelan. The defendant is on €188 per week social welfare. He's presently undertaking a security course and a conviction would affect this.

Judge Gerard Haughton said should the defendant pay €500 to the Garda Benevolent Fund he would apply the Probation Act.

Mr Cummings asked for some time to make the payment.

Judge Haughton adjourned the matter to June 3.

New Ross Standard