Monday 21 May 2018

Garda station visitor kicked fire door after hurling abuse

Colm Parkinson
Colm Parkinson

A visitor to a garda station kicked and damaged a door after he was arrested for threatening another man there.

Colm Parkinson (51) was being taken into custody for hurling abuse in the station when he caused the damage.

Judge David McHugh fined him €150 after hearing he had paid compensation for the damage, which totalled just under €400.

Parkinson, of Collinstown, Lusk, north Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a fire door at Ronanstown Garda Station.

He also admitted threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Blanchardstown District Court heard that the incident happened on July 8.

The accused entered the station, where he threatened another man and was very abusive to him.


He was cautioned before being arrested and taken by a garda to the cell area.

While he was en route to the cells, Parkinson became very aggressive, kicking out and damaging the hinges of a door.

He had to be restrained and taken into custody.

The court heard that he had previous convictions for criminal damage and public order offences.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said the accused was in a position to make good the damage.

The judge was told it cost €397 to repair the door and Parkinson had this in court.

Mr Fleming said that if there was any further work that needed to be done to the door, the gardai could "come back to us".

The judge said he was satisfied that he could deal with the case by way of a fine as the compensation had been paid.

He gave Parkinson six months to pay.

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