Drunk attacked gardai with extinguisher
A DRUNK who sprayed officers with powder from a fire extinguisher after he was caught urinating outside a garda station has avoided a prison sentence.
Dermot Pegley (33) ran out into a corridor in a garda station while officers were processing him, took a fire extinguisher off the wall and covered officers with powder.
A court heard Pegley was drunk at the time and has only a hazy recollection of his behaviour.
Judge David McHugh imposed a three-month sentence suspended for one year.
The defendant, of Huntstown Wood, Blanchardstown, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to assaulting the officers on November 11, 2013. He also admitted to producing a fire extinguisher.
Sgt Mary Doherty previously said gardai found Pegley urinating outside Blanchardstown garda station shortly after 3am and took him inside.
Sgt Doherty said Pegley was drunk, and while gardai were processing him in the custody area he ran into the corridor.
She said he was shouting, and when gardai tried to stop him he took the fire extinguisher off the wall.
Sgt Doherty said Pegley covered two officers with powder from the extinguisher.
The court heard Pegley has nine previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.
Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Pegley owned his own garage until two years ago when his life fell apart.
He lost his business with debts of €20,000, his long-term relationship broke up and he moved back in with his parents.
Ms Jackson said the defendant has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and it took some time for doctors to get his medication right.
Pegley also apologised for his behaviour.