Garda called a ‘dickhead’
A CARRICK-ON-SUIR man called a garda a “dickhead” and made a rude gesture at him when the officer seized a car he was sitting in. Dean Foley of 19 Glenview, Carrick-on-Suir, pleaded guilty in the District Court to engaging in disorderly conduct. Garda John Downey told the court he and a Garda Ryan had been in the process of taking a car from a man at Treacey Park when Foley, a passenger in the car, called Ryan a “fucking dickhead” and gave him the finger. Foley’s solicitor said that his client wished to apologise to the garda, who was only doing his job. Judge Terrence Finn enquired, tongue-in-cheek, if Garda Ryan needed therapy or counseling after the incident. Garda Downey responded that he wasn’t aware of a need. Foley was directed to donate €150 to the poor box.
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‘They are all doing witchcraft’
A KENAGH man has told Longford District Court that his fears of witchcraft led him to break the windows of a neighbour’s house earlier this year. Patrick O’Leary, 37 Clough Dillons, Kenagh, Co Longford, pleaded guilty to damaging four windows at 34 Clough Dillons. Sgt Paddy McGirl said gardaí found four double-glazed windows at the property smashed in. O’Leary, who stood quietly with his hands clasped in front of him for most of the hearing, explained how he believed up to seven houses close by were engaging in the alleged use of supernatural powers. “There are seven houses there and they are all doing witchcraft,” he said. His solicitor conceded there was a certain “element of delusion” about the case, with Mr O’Leary’s GP having referred the 69-year-old for psychiatric assessment. The judge said the matter represented a “perfect case” for the Probation Service and adjourned the matter until June. “That’s all that can be said about this weird case,” the judge told the court.
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Farmer reversed for a kilometre
A LIFFORD farmer, who reversed his car for more than one kilometre after seeing gardaí, appeared in Letterkenny District Court recently. Craig Anderson, aged 26, was spotted by gardaí driving a VW Passat at Ballyboden, Lifford. Anderson reversed the car back up a hill and failed to stop or pull in, despite having a number of opportunities to do so. He eventually turned the car but failed to stop, despite gardaí flashing their blue lights. The court heard that Anderson has previous convictions for drunk driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. The case was adjourned to May.
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