Plucky garda halted suicide
A GARDA prevented a potential suicide when he seized a steak-knife from a drunken man found hammering his head on a shop shutter.
James Cassidy (38) had intended to kill himself after becoming despondent over family tragedies involving the death of both parents and his brother, a court heard.
Cassidy, of Rathgar Road, Dublin, admitted possession of a weapon and public order offences on March 29.
Judge Victor Blake ordered him to carry out 110 hours community service.
Student soiled station cell
A GARDA cell had to be professionally cleaned after a drunken student defecated in it.
Stephen Devlin (22) was "out of his mind" on alcohol when he soiled the cell at Coolock Garda Station.
A court heard he had gone drinking to "escape" problems at home, including his mother's terminal illness.
Devlin, of Chanel Road, Dublin, admitted unlawfully interfering with property at the garda station on February 25 last. Dublin District Court heard he had been arrested on suspicion of trespassing.
The judge adjourned the case and told Devlin to pay €400 to charity as well as compensation.