Fisherman smeared cell with excrement
A fisherman who smeared excrement on the walls and door of a cell at Balbriggan Garda Station after he was arrested for public order offences may escape a conviction if he makes a payment to the Garda Benevolent Fund.
James Kirk (28) has already paid €200 in compensation for the cleaning bill, Balbriggan District Court heard.
Kirk told the court he reacted the way he did as he believed he was wrongly accused of putting a snooker ball into his sock while he was in O'Shea's nightclub in the town, his defence counsel Ronan O'Carroll told the court.
Kirk, of Castlegrove, Julianstown, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the cell by rubbing excrement on the door and wall last May 11.
He further pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to comply with garda directions on May 10 at Quay Street, Balbriggan.
Insp Declan Yates said gardai were called to O'Shea's nightclub at 11.40pm following a complaint that Kirk was acting aggressively.
Officers directed him to leave the area, but he returned and became aggressive. When Kirk was taken to Balbriggan Garda Station he became uncooperative and violent.
"He then smeared excrement on the cell wall and door," said Insp Yates, adding that Kirk has no previous convictions.
"He can't help but feel repulsed by his actions and is deeply embarrassed as it was completely out of character," said Mr O'Carroll. "There was alcohol involved and I am confident he won't come before the court again."
Judge Patricia McNamara remarked that it was "an awful thing to do in a garda station".
"I have heard this happening a lot," she said.
She added that if Kirk pays €500 to the Garda Benevolent Fund by September 3, she will consider applying the Probation Act on condition that he keeps the peace for 12 months, is of sober habits and does not re- offend. She noted the cleaning bill money had been paid.