Man jailed for jumping on bonnet of patrol car in Limerick city

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Ousmane Baah pleaded guilty

Ousmane Baah pleaded guilty

A GUINEAN national was sentenced to one months’ imprisonment for his role in a bizarre incident during which a garda car was damaged.

Ousmane Baah, aged 29, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to a criminal damage charge relating to an incident which happened at O’Connell Street on December 31, 2017.

Inspector Dermot O’Connor told Limerick District Court, Mr Baah, had ‘jumped’ onto the bonnet of an unmarked patrol car while it was stopped at traffic lights.

The bonnet, he said, was dented and around €250 worth of damage caused to the vehicle.

The defendant, who received a three month prison earlier this month for a theft offence in Dublin, also admitted stealing a bottle of Huge Boss perfume, worth €79, from Debenhams, O’Connell Street on February 16, last.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client, who has more than 60 previous convictions, was not in a position to pay compensation given his circumstances.

Mr Baah, who has lived in Ireland for more than a decade, is well known to the gardai as he gets into difficulty when he drinks.

He has been in the direct provision system for some time and is the subject of a deportation order, which has never been executed.

Having considered the matter, and noting the sentence that was imposed in Dublin, Judge O’Marian O’Leary imposed one month prison sentences in relation to each of the Limerick offences.

The sentences are to be served consecutively to each other and to the sentence imposed in Dublin.

She imposed a €100 in relation to his previous non-appearance in court.