Saturday 25 May 2019

Liverpool trialist pepper-sprayed as he fled from gardai

Scott Capper was aggressive and abusive towards gardai
Scott Capper was aggressive and abusive towards gardai

A Garda sergeant was forced to use pepper spray to arrest a man who ran away from officers as there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Scott Capper's promising football career was ended by a ligament injury in his late teens and he began hanging out with the wrong crowd.

A court heard that the 29-year-old's parents supported him, but were "exacerbated" with his behaviour. Judge David McHugh sentenced Capper to three months in prison.

The defendant, of Cappagh Green, Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to resisting arrest by Sgt Damien Mangan last September 11.

Sgt Geraldine McManigan said gardai were on patrol when they saw Capper, who was a passenger in an Opel Insignia.

Sgt McManigan said gardai told Capper there was a bench warrant in existence for him.


The car continued to Cappagh Green and stopped outside the defendant's home.

Sgt McManigan said Sgt Mangan shouted at Capper to stop, but he ran into the driveway.

Capper shouted back that he knew about the bench warrant, but he did not stop.

He was aggressive and abusive to gardai and Sgt Mangan was forced to use his pepper spray to arrest him.

The court heard Capper had 29 previous convictions.

Solicitor Simon Fleming said the defendant and his twin were the youngest of seven children.

Mr Fleming said his parents supported him but were exasperated with his behaviour.

The court heard Capper was a promising footballer in his teens, and had trials with Liverpool, Ipswich and Nottingham Forest, but a ligament injury ended his career.

He then got caught up with the wrong crowd and began offending, Mr Fleming said, adding that Capper wished to apologise and expected to get a sentence.

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