Foul-mouthed tirade lands Limerick youth in court

Kilmallock Courthouse

Kilmallock Courthouse


A PROBATION report was requested in the case of a young man who launched into a foul-mouthed tirade as he was being arrested by gardai for public order offences.

Christian O’Connell, aged 19, of Mountminnett, Caherconlish pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour outside Bulgaden Castle on January 18, last.

Sergeant Michelle Leahy told Kilmallock Court gardai were alerted to a large row involving up to 20 people at around 2am.

She told the court that when they arrived, gardai “observed a large fight” and she said the defendant was seen holding a driveshaft, which he dropped.

Sgt Leahy said the defendant was “extremely intoxicated, very volatile and extremely aggressive and was roaring obscenities and threats”.

Judge Mary Larkin was told Mr O’Connell refused to give his name and address to Garda Roberta Guest before launching into a foul-mouthed tirade.

“He told her to ‘f***off and to go f*** yourself, I know my rights, f*** off and mind your own business’,” said Sgt Leahy, who added that Mr O’Connell continued by calling Garda Guest a “slag”, “retarded” and a “ratbag”.

Solicitor Brendan Gill said his client, who has no previous convictions, had been attending a triple birthday earlier in the night and had drank “six or seven pints”.

He said Mr O’Connell acknowledged his behaviour was atrocious but said he had reacted the way he did because felt he was unfairly targeted as he had not been involved in the affray.

“He is a young man who has just turned 19, and he is taking matters seriously,” said Mr Gill.

Judge Larkin commented that the behaviour of the defendant had been disgraceful.

“Gardai have a tough enough job to do besides dealing with young men like him who are off their heads,” she said.

The judge adjourned the case to May 13, next for a Probation Report.


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