Gardai are attacked on street by ‘agitated’ Limerick motorist

A COUNTY Limerick man who threatened to “beat the s***” out of gardai before assaulting three members of the force has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment.

A COUNTY Limerick man who threatened to “beat the s***” out of gardai before assaulting three members of the force has been sentenced to eight months imprisonment.

Boddy, 32, was before the court on a range of charges including assault causing harm, two counts of assault, and engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour in a public place at Tullybrackey, Bruff on November 13 last.

Inspector Paul Reidy of Henry Street garda station told the court that on the date in question at approximately 2.30am Garda John Curtin and Garda Annette Courtney were on patrol in the area of Tullybrackey, Bruff when they observed a Toyota Avensis parked on the roadside.

The court heard that there was no insurance or tax disc displayed on the vehicle and when Garda Courtney informed Boddy that the vehicle was being seized for having no tax the defendant became “very agitated and aggressive” and began making threatening remarks towards the gardai.

“As Mr Boddy became more agitated he began making drives at the gardai,” said Inspector Reidy.

Inspector Reidy said that during one of his drives forward, Boddy swung and struck Garda Curtin on the right side of the face, hitting him at eye level. The court heard that Boddy then demanded that he be driven home and continued “taunting” the gardai to take him on.

The court heard that Boddy threatened Garda Curtin that he would take the baton off of him and beat him.

“He said that he would “beat the s*** out of both gardai”,” Inspector Reidy told the court.

Inspector Reidy said that Boddy became verbally abusive towards Garda Courtney calling her “derogatory terms”.

The court heard that Boddy proceeded to drop his trousers and was displaying himself to passing traffic.

Gardai from the traffic corps were called to give assistance and when they arrived at the scene Boddy again assumed an aggressive stance on the roadway and began taunting the gardai “to come and get him”.

The court heard that as the gardai approached the defendant with batons drawn, he swung a punch at Garda John Marsh and struck him on the side of the face before being tackled by gardai.

The defendant was brought to Bruff garda station and was subsequently arrested and questioned in relation the matters.

Defence solicitor Sarah Ryan said during the course of interviews, her client apologised to the gardai for being abusive. Ms Ryan said that her client said he did not intend to strike any of the gardai.

Judge Mary O’Halloran sentenced Boddy to six months imprisonment for assault causing harm on Garda John Marsh. He was sentenced to two months, consecutive, for assault on Garda John Curtin and was sentenced to two months, consecutive to the six months, for the assault on Garda Annette Courtney.

Boddy was sentenced to one month imprisonment, concurrent, for engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour. He was sentenced to one month imprisonment, concurrent, for a further charge of engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour.

He was disqualified from driving for a period of two years and fined €600 for driving without insurance.

Charges of no tax, failure to produce a certificate of insurance and intoxication in a public place were taken into consideration.

Recognizance was fixed in the event of an appeal.

A full version of this court report appeared on the Limerick Leader dated April 28.