A MOYROSS man who fractured the arm of a garda when he kicked him has been told he faces a lengthy jail sentence if he does not address his alcohol problem.
At Limerick Circuit Court, Kieran Hickey, 21, of College Avenue pleaded guilty to assaulting garda Jamie Rigney at Henry Street Garda Station in the early hours of July 31, 2009.
The defendant was arrested for a public order offence in the precincts of the garda station and when he was being placed in a cell he kicked Gard Rigney - fracturing a bone in his right hand.
Garda Rigney told the court he was out of work for five weeks after the incident but that he has made a full recovery since.
In mitigation, Michael Collins BL, for Mr Hickey, said his client had apologised for his actions on the night and he said has not been in trouble since the incident.
Judge Carroll Moran requested a probation report in the case and he ordered that it specifically focuses on Kieran Hickey’s alcohol problem
Adjourned the matter until December 13, next he told the defendant he faces the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence if he does not address his alcohol problem.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 10, 2011