Bare-chested man ran into Limerick garda station

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A MAN who ran bare-chested into a busy garda station while shouting and roaring was sentenced to a total of nine months imprisonment.

A MAN who ran bare-chested into a busy garda station while shouting and roaring was sentenced to a total of nine months imprisonment.

Shane Rainbow, aged 23, who has an address at Lee Estate pleaded guilty to public order charges relating to the incident at Henry Street garda station on August 10, 2012.

“He was bare-chested, had his shirt over his shoulder and he was abusive towards gardai and members of the public,” said Sergeant Donal Cronin who added that Mr Rainbow was arrested as gardai feared “something was going to transpire”.

Mr Rainbow, who was intoxicated when he entered the garda station, also pleaded guilty to public order charges relating to an incident during which he “swung” at a garda after confronting him on a public street.

Sgt Cronin said that incident happened at around 10.25am on November 21, last in the Clare Street area.

Garda Enda Clifford was on duty when he observed the defendant shouting and roaring.

After Garda Clifford asked him to stop, Mr Rainbow acted “extremely aggressively” towards him and a physical altercation ensued.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the incident was witnessed by a large number of passing motorists and pedestrians and that assistance was required to subdue the defendant.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy said his client suffers from psychiatric and addiction difficulties and that he leads a “chaotic lifestyle”.

He said Mr Rainbow is on medication but that there are difficulties ensuring it is taken appropriately.

The court was told the defendant has a very poor relationship with his extended family and that he told probation officers his life was “bad, unpredictable and anything can happen”

After being informed that Mr Rainbow “was not of a mind” to engage with the Probation Service, Judge O’Kelly said he had to impose a custodial sentence.

He imposed a two month sentence in relation to the offence at Henry Street garda station and a three month sentence in relation to the incident at Clare Street.

Both sentences are to be served consecutively to a four month sentence which was imposed after Mr Rainbow admitted possession of a knife at Arthurs Quay on April 10, 2011.

The judge directed that Mr Rainbow receives all necessary medical and psychiatric treatment.