Limerick man, 63, assaulted garda after drink driving arrest

David Hurley

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David Hurley

During a contested hearing, Judge Mary Larkin was told the defendant was verbally abusive towards gardai

During a contested hearing, Judge Mary Larkin was told the defendant was verbally abusive towards gardai

A LIMERICK man who assaulted a garda after he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving was fined €300 and told to “have a good look in the mirror”.

Edmond Dore, aged 63, of Pairc Luachra, Abbeyfeale, was convicted last May following an incident at Newcastle West garda station on January 23, 2017.

During a contested hearing, Judge Mary Larkin was told the defendant was verbally abusive towards gardai and that he hit a member of the force with his elbow as he attempted to leave the medical room following his arrest at the Square, Abbeyfeale shortly before 12.30am.

Mr Dore, who was five times the legal alcohol limit, was previously disqualified and fined €250 in relation to a drink-driving offence.

At Newcastle West Court last Friday, Judge Mary Larkin noted the contents of a Probation Report in which Mr Dore stated he was “quite happy” with his drinking patterns and does not believe he has a problem with alcohol.

However, the judge said alcohol has “clearly dogged him over the years” and that he “needs to have a good look in the mirror the next time he is drunk”.

Inspector Alan Cullen said the garda who was struck by Mr Dore was not injured and had declined the opportunity to submit a victim impact statement for the court.

“There was a degree of pushing and shoving in the intoxilyser room,” he said.

Solicitor Charlie O’Connor submitted the offence was one of “obstruction rather than assault” and he asked the court to note his client’s poor health.

Imposing a €300 fine in relation to the assault charge, Judge Larkin commented that a man of Mr Dore’s age “should know how to conduct himself”.

Noting the defendant’s poor health and his age, she said a custodial sentence was not warranted.