A PALLASGREEN man has apologised in court for verbally abusing a garda, and for calling him a “fat bastard”.
Jason O’Brien, 25, of Marian Terrace, Pallasgreen pleaded guilty to two offences under the Public Order Act at Canon Lee Estate, Pallasgreen on October 6 last.
Garda Tom McGlinchey said he was dealing with a road traffic matter when O’Brien arrived at the scene and started abusing him. “F*** off back to Murroe, where you belong, you fat bastard,” the defendant was alleged to have said.
Garda McGlinchey outlined to the court that the accused came to the scene, and “started abusing myself and a colleague”.
He said he asked O’Brien to leave the scene on three occasions and he failed to do so. His solicitor, Sarah Ryan, said he was pleading guilty to the offences and offered his apologies.
Ms Ryan explained that a vehicle was being seized from a friend of his, and he came forward at the scene as he had an insurance disc for the car for his friend.
She said her client perceived that the actions by the gardai in seizing the car were “harsh” and tried to intervene.
“He knows he shouldn’t have, but he said what he said and he was hoping to assist his friend,” she told the court.
He has 20 previous convictions, mainly for road traffic offences including speeding and no tax, but none for public order.
Judge Marian O’Leary said his remarks were “very edifying” and “uncalled for”, at which point he responded saying: “I know. I’m sorry about that. I’m very sorry about that garda. I don’t know what happened. I got thick for no reason. It’ll never happen again.”
Judge O’Leary said garda resources are “stretched as it is” without having to deal with such incidents. She ordered O’Brien to pay €500 to Milford Hospice within four months.
Failure to do so, she warned, would lead to a fine of €750 and a conviction for threatening and abusive behaviour or language, and failing to obey to instructions of a garda.