Girl 'terrified' by man fleeing in garda chase
A YOUNG child was left terrified after she saw her father in an altercation with a man who fled through their home as he was trying to avoid gardai, a court heard.
Daniel Cawley (22) claimed he ran from gardai and through a number of private gardens because his life is under threat and he thought he was being chased by a group of men in a car.
A court heard he also called a female garda a "wh*re" and tried to kick out at her.
Judge Alan Mitchell imposed a three-month sentence.
The defendant, of Glenshane Park in Tallaght, admitted before Cloverhill District Court to a number of counts of criminal trespass.
Garda James Lambe said gardai were on mobile patrol on August 17 last when they saw a group of men entering Glenshane estate in a taxi.
Gda Lambe said gardai approached Cawley, who fled.
The garda said Cawley entered a garden at Glenshane Drive, terrifying a young child who saw her father in an altercation with the defendant.
Gda Lambe said Cawley then ran through a number of gardens at Glenshane Crescent and Glenshane Park, before he was caught by gardai.
He said the defendant became abusive and called Garda Laura Owens a "wh*re" and tried to kick out at her.
The court heard Cawley has 28 previous convictions, including previous for trespass and theft.
Defence solicitor Michelle Sheeran said Cawley only saw a car with men chasing him, and didn't realise they were gardai.
When he was in the field, he realised the men were gardai but he panicked and kept running. She said he was afraid of going to prison, where he is now on protection.
Ms Sheeran said Cawley started abusing benzodiazepine tablets at a young age, but he has kept his head down in recent times and is staying out of trouble.
She also said Cawley's father left when he was an infant and his mother struggled to cope on her own.
She was jailed when he was 17-years-old and he tried to contact his father at that stage, but he had a new family with a younger woman and didn't want to know him.
Ms Sheeran said the defendant's cousin was murdered two years ago and Cawley's own life is under threat.
Judge Mitchell ordered the three-month sentence to run consecutive to a sentence Cawley is currently serving.