Man ‘threatened to beat gardai’ upon release from custody

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

A MAN who unleashed a torrent of abuse at gardai in Limerick has been referred to Waterford Circuit Court for a judge to decide on whether to activate a suspended sentence.

A MAN who unleashed a torrent of abuse at gardai in Limerick has been referred to Waterford Circuit Court for a judge to decide on whether to activate a suspended sentence.

Ousmane Baah, 23, of Mount Trenchard, Foynes, pleaded guilty at Limerick District Court to a number of public order offences in September and October of this year.

Insp Brendan McDonagh said gardai had been called to a disturbance at Thomas Street on September 30. Baah, a native of Guinea, had been abusing members of the public and repeatedly told gardai to “f**k off”.

On the same date gardai were alerted by a member of staff at Tom Collins pub that the accused had acted aggressively towards customers and had refused to leave. “F**k off you piece of s**t”, was how he addressed Sgt Joe McGlynn on Cecil Street. Baah had become violent at Henry Street garda station, grabbed Sgt McGlynn by the throat and was pepper sprayed

Gardai were called to another incident on Windmill Street on October 19. Baah had refused to give his name and address, and resisted attempts to cuff him after he verbally abused a woman looking out a window.

“He threatened that he would beat gardai upon his release. And he also said that he hates white people,” said Insp McDonagh.

“If he hates white people, he has chosen the wrong country to live in,” remarked Judge Eugene O’Kelly.

Baah was sentenced to three years in prison at Waterford Circuit Court for theft in July 2011, the last 18 months of which were suspended on condition he keep the peace.

He was remanded on bail to appear before the Waterford court on January 11 before sentencing can be finalised on the Limerick public order offences.