Limerick man pleads guilty to striking garda in the eye

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Lee Ryan pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to assaulting Garda Tim O’Connor at Bedford Row in the early hours of November 12, 2016

Lee Ryan pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to assaulting Garda Tim O’Connor at Bedford Row in the early hours of November 12, 2016

A PROBATION report has been requested in the case of a man who punched a garda who was “just doing his job” in Limerick.

Lee Ryan, aged 24, who has an address at Owenmore, Raheen, pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda Tim O’Connor at Bedford Row in the early hours of November 12, 2016.

At Limerick District Court, Judge Marie Keane was told the defendant was being arrested in relation to an earlier criminal damage incident when the assault occurred and he punched the garda in the eye.

Garda O’Connor was treated in hospital but did not sustain any long-term damage.

Solicitor John Herbert said his client, who was 22 at the time, had attended a house party earlier in the night.

He said Mr Ryan, who has no previous convictions, “is not a drinking man” and that he “cannot control himself” when he drinks.

“He is a very decent man who comes from a good background,” said Mr McCarthy who said his client is no longer drinking.

Judge Keane was told the defendant had caused around €1,000 worth of damage to the front window of a premises on O’Connell Street and that he has paid €100 in compensation.

By way of comment, Judge Keane told the defendant he “could have blinded the man” and that his “failure to self-regulate” on the night was a concern.

“I’m not impressed at all,” she said adding that Garda O’Connor was “out doing his job” when he encountered the defendant. Noting Mr Ryan’s previous good record, his remorse and his guilty plea, the judge requested that a probation report be prepared before she imposes sentence.

In doing so, she warned he is “in jeopardy” and could face a prison sentence. She adjourned the matter to June suggesting that full compensation should be paid in the meantime.