Wednesday 17 January 2018

Inmate kicked prison officer in the groin after being taken to hospital for appointment


A PRISON inmate who was taken to hospital for an appointment lashed out and kicked the escorting officer in the groin, a court heard.

Jonathan Gleeson (30) assaulted the prison officer after his family showed up at the Mater Hospital but were not allowed see him.

They had been earlier turned away from Mountjoy Jail when they arrived at the hospital's Emergency Department.

Gleeson, of Stanaway Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to assaulting the prison officer.

Judge Anthony Halpin gave him a six-month suspended sentence.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at the Mater Hospital on January 27, 2015.

Garda Marie Fitzgerald told the court Gleeson was being escorted by the prison officer for a medical appointment.

While this was happening, he lashed out, kicking the officer "between the legs in the groin area".

The officer did not need any medical treatment for the assault and did not need to take time off work, but he was "sore".

The court heard the accused had a large number of previous convictions, the last of which were for attempted robbery and firearms charges.


He is currently serving a sentence with a likely release date in 2018.

Gleeson had been brought for an appointment while his family turned up to visit him in Mountjoy, his solicitor Lorraine Stephens said.

They were turned away and went to the hospital but were not allowed see him.

There was a "difficulty between him and the officer" arising from this, Ms Stephens said.

He apologised in open court to the victim and had since been transferred to Wheatfield Prison. He suffered from ADHD.

"It was an impulsive reaction," Ms Stephens added.

Judge Halpin suspended the six-month sentence for two years.

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