A KILFINANE man received a three month prison sentence at Kilmallock court for assaulting a garda.
Patrick Prenderville, aged 43, of Main Street, Kilfinane was convicted of assaulting Garda Niall McInerney on August 5.
Garda McInerney said on August 4 he spoke to Prenderville, who alleged that he had been the victim of an assault.
“He was intoxicated and very vague.
“I said I’d call to him tomorrow and I wished him to be sober and coherent.
“The following day I called to his home to take a statement.
“On calling to the door I immediately saw he was intoxicated again,” said Garda McInerney.
Prenderville became aggressive for no apparent reason, said the garda.
“He stepped out on to the footpath and grabbed my arm.
“He said he was sick of this ‘bulls***’,” said Garda McInerney.
The garda told the court that he asked Prenderville to take his hand off his (Garda McInerney’s) arm.
“He stated, ‘You can f*** off. You’ve been threatening me since you came to this village. F*** off, you f*****g p***k.’
“With this he pushed me from the doorway.
“Under his momentum he fell back in his door and fell on the stairs,” said Garda McInerney.
“I informed him I was going to prosecute him,” said the garda.
“He slammed the door while muttering obscenities at me,” said Garda McInerney.
Prenderville’s solicitor, Brendan Gill, said his client has apologised on numerous occasions to Garda McInerney which the garda confirmed.
Mr Gill said Prenderville’s behaviour was out of character for him.
“He is a very sensitive person, overly sensitive.
“He lived in the USA for many years before returning here to care for a relative.
“He resides on his own. He is a chronic alcohol,” said Mr Gill.
Judge Mary Larkin said, “Garda McInerney goes to assist him [Prenderville] and he is effectively attacked”.
Mr Gill said his client’s memory of the incident is very hazy.
“He has the height of respect for Garda McInerney. My client tells me he is taking his difficulties in hand,” said Mr Gill, who added that the assault charge is at the lower end of the scale.
“It’s a technical assault, there were no injuries to Garda McInerney.
“The garda would agree with me,” said Mr Gill.
Judge Larkin said she didn’t like a member of the force being treated with disrespect or handled.
“I know he [Prenderville] has difficulties with alcohol but you can’t accost a garda. I wouldn’t like it in the course of my duty,” said Judge Larkin.
She sentenced Prenderville to three months in prison for assault on Garda McInerney and fined him €300 under section 4 of the public order act.
Judge Larkin ordered that Prenderville’s condition be made aware to the governor of the prison and that he receive appropriate medical attention in prison.
Following an application by Mr Gill recognaissane was fixed in the event of an appeal.