Walking stick ‘wielded’ at gardai following foot pursuit

Jonathan Curtin

Jonathan Curtin

A YOUNG man who wielded a walking stick at gardai as they tried to arrest him was sentenced to a total of nine months imprisonment.

Jonathan Curtin, aged 23, of Yeats Avenue, Kincora Park, Southill pleaded guilty to charges relating to the incident on September 21, last.

Sergeant Donal Cronin told Limerick Court the defendant, who has more than 150 previous convictions, was observed by Garda Donna Ryan “carrying a large walking stick in his hand” while walking at O’Connell Avenue near the city centre at around 1.4opm.

He said Garda Ryan became concerned but that when she approached the defendant to make further enquiries he ran away from the area resulting in a foot chase.

Limerick Court was told when the defendant was stopped a short time later at Rose Court, Southill he waved the walking stick at gardai in a threatening manner.

“He waved it widely and in an aggressive fashion,” said Sgt Cronin who added that the defendant was directed to drop the stick on a number of occasions before he did so.

Mr Curtin also violently resisted as he was being arrested by gardai.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was informed that Mr Curtin has a total of 153 previous convictions - the vast majority of which relate to road traffic offences.

Solicitor John Devane said his client wished to apologise for his actions on the day, which he accepts were out of order.

He said Mr Curtin is heavily involved in weight-lifting and boxing and that he is is currently being coached by well-known boxer Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey.

Mr Devane said the walking stick, which his client had used had been left to his father when his grandfather died and, he said, he had been using it on the day as he had injured his leg a few days earlier.

“It was in his hands when he was asked to raise them,” said Mr Devane.

After being informed about Mr Curtin’s criminal record and the fact that he received a suspended six month prison sentence in April 2012, Judge Eugene O’Kelly said he was activating that sentence as it was “live” at the time of the offence.

He imposeda three month prison sentence in relation to the offence last September and ordered that it be served consecutively to the activated sentence.

Leave to appeal his decision was granted.


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