A SERIAL offender who tried to pull his girlfriend away from gardai as she was being arrested in County Limerick has been jailed for a month.
Jason O’Donoghue, aged 35, who has an address at Carrigdonn, New Street, Abbeyfeale admitted obstructing gardai during an incident near his home on March 30, 2017.
Inspector Alan Cullen told Newcastle West Court the defendant, who has almost 70 previous convictions, became “irate and very abusive” as the woman was being arrested in relation to a criminal damage offence.
He said gardai had to produce their pepper spray but did not have to use it as Mr O’Donoghue calmed down.
Solicitor Michael O’Donnell said his client – a father of one – accepts he should not have interfered with the gardai who were arresting his girlfriend.
He said he “quickly backed off” and that the situation calmed down quickly once gardai produced their pepper spray.
Judge Mary Larkin said gardai have a job to do and that she takes such offences very seriously.
Imposing a one month prison sentence, she said it was not acceptable that gardai had to produce their pepper spray due to the actions of the defendant.
Mr O’Donoghue received a concurrent one month prison sentence in relation to separate theft offence which occurred on December 29, last
On that occasion, he fraudulently obtained a friend’s social welfare payment by presenting documents he had taken from him at the local post office.
He told gardai he did so as he was owed rent.