Wednesday 20 March 2019

Man (35) arrested trying to make complaint to garda

The road has been closed off for a forensic investigation
The road has been closed off for a forensic investigation

A man who went into his local garda station to complain that he had been thrown out of a nearby pub, ended up being arrested after making a derogatory remark to the garda on duty.

Ian Harris (35) claimed he was very drunk at the time and apologised for the remarks.

The court applied the Probation Act after he donated €300 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

Balbriggan District Court heard the defendant was drunk when he went into Lusk Garda Station at 12.30am on February 15.

When he attempted to make a complaint about being put out of a pub, the on-duty officer, Garda Vincent Turley, refused to take the complaint as he was intoxicated.


The defendant then turned on Gda Turley and made the derogatory remarks.

When Gda Turley asked the defendant to leave the garda station, Harris refused and was arrested.

The defendant, of Ivory Bungalow, Balloch, Lusk, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with garda directions at Lusk Garda Station. He had no previous convictions.

Defence barrister Annette Kealy said the defendant went to the garda station four weeks later to make an apology to Gda Turley.

After the donation was paid, the defendant told Judge Dermot Dempsey: "I am sorry. It won't happen again. I was drunk."

Judge Dempsey replied: "It may be a reason but it's no excuse," before applying the Probation Act.

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