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Assaults on Emergency Services - Part 2
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Look at the story about about the Garda sergeant being stabbed and then compare it to the PSNI one. Some difference.
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Student’s threat to slit garda’s throat in arrest


Saoirse Bennett was urinating in a Dublin city centre street before she was arrested
Andrew Phelan – 20 November 2013

A student threatened to slit a garda's throat when he confronted her for urinating on a Dublin street.

Saoirse Bennett made the threat as she hurled profanities at the officer when he tried to arrest her in the city centre.

She was found guilty of public order offences and fined €750 at Dublin District Court.

Bennett had denied the charges against her but Judge Patrick Clyne said he did not believe her evidence and described her as a “consummate actress”.

Bennett (20), of Blackhall Square, Dublin 7, had pleaded not guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, as well as obstructing a garda in the incident.

Garda Thomas McEvoy said he was on duty on O'Connell Street at 11.30pm on July 27 last when she saw the accused walk down Prince's Street.

He saw a man urinate behind a paper stand and Bennett urinate beside a parked car. As he was speaking to the man, the accused walked by and said something. He put his hand on her shoulder and she pulled away aggressively.

As he arrested her and attempted to handcuff her, she began screaming and kicking out. Bennett called him a “dirty c**t and a f***ing scumbag”.

“She said she would slit my throat,” said Garda McEvoy.

Bennett told the court she was on her way to a party and had had two to three pints to drink. She and her friends tried to go to the toilet in McDonald's but were refused and went down the lane.

She admitted struggling and swearing because she was “shocked”, but denied threatening to slit Gda McEvoy’s throat. “I was saying there is so much worse crime out there... I had no understanding why a girl like me was being arrested,” she said.

She felt she was targeted by the gardai because she had been involved in protests.

Judge Clyne said: “I have never heard such a load of drivel”, and described the accused as a “consummate actress”.

“What a way to end up in court,” he said. “In fairness, the poor girl went for a pee, she couldn't get in anywhere and she went to Prince's Street — it's a fairly private place.

“When asked to stop, she perceives the garda's behaviour to be heavy-handed and all hell breaks loose. It's frankly a storm in a teacup.”

He gave Bennett, who had no prior convictions, an opportunity to make a charity donation instead of a conviction.

Defence barrister Brian Stroran said the accused was declining this and the judge instead convicted her, setting recognisances in the event of an appeal.
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Garda breaks arm as she tries to arrest theft suspect


27 November 2013

A YOUNG female garda suffered a fractured arm as she tried to arrest a suspected car thief, writes Tom Brady.

She was hurled to the ground in a struggle with the man, who was seen at a car in the driveway of a house at Monastery Drive, Clondalkin, west Dublin, shortly after 4am on Monday.

The garda, who is in her 20s, is based at Clondalkin station. She has been put on sick leave.

Her colleagues last night paid tribute to her courage in continuing to pursue the man despite suffering intense pain as a result of being knocked to the ground.

The man, in his mid 30s, jumped into a waiting car, which was being driven by his sister. The garda and her colleague gave chase and were stepping into their patrol car when it was rammed. The two suspects then crashed into a tree.

The pair were arrested and taken to Clondalkin garda station where the man was involved in another violent incident with a garda.

Officers later established that he was unlawfully at large and returned to Wheatfield prison.

Gardai, meanwhile, questioned the woman about a suspected drug driving offence.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Irish Independent
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Man charged with assault of PSNI officer during loyalist protest

A 35-year-old man has been charged today in connection with the assault of a police officer in Belfast yesterday.

The attack took place during a loyalist march in the city centre, protesting against alleged “political policing” and the decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall.

One police officer was knocked unconscious and a second injured during the protest, which otherwise passed off peacefully.

Around 3,000 people took part in the rally outside City Hall and a band led the crowds away at 1pm.

The arrested man is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday December 23rd.
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Garda sustains serious leg injury in Dublin assault

A MALE GARDA sustained a serious leg injury while attempting to make an arrest for a public order incident in the early hours of this morning.

The incident occurred on Camden Street at 1am today and TheJournal.ie understands the garda sustained a blow to the face and broke his leg in two places.

He is now awaiting surgery at St James’ Hospital.

A garda spokesperson confirmed that the garda had been injured on duty and a man has now been arrested in relation to the incident.

John Parker, President of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) commented that “all of his colleagues are wishing him a recovery”.

“Once he’s been fully assessed, we’ll know the extent of his injuries but from preliminary reports there seem to be some fairly serious breakages.”

“These are the dangers we face on a daily basis in any public order interaction,” he added.
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Hopefully he makes a quick recovery
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Sounds bad.
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#68
Limerick man avoids conviction for assaulting garda

Published: 22 December 2013


Judge Mary Larkin struck out the charge

By Gerard Fitzgibbon
A CROOM man has avoided a criminal conviction for assaulting a garda after he agreed to make a donation to charity.


John Liston, aged 23, of Dunaman, Croom pleaded guilty in September to knocking a female garda to the ground as she attempted to break up a fight in the Market Yard, Newcastle West in the early hours of April 9, 2012.

Judge Mary Larkin previously heard that Garda Helena Carey and Garda Pat Holland were on patrol at 3am when they saw a number of young men fighting, and as they attempted to break up the fight Liston, who was lying on the ground, “grabbed Garda Carey by the legs and threw her”, causing her to land on her back and hit her head.

The court also heard that Liston was “quite aggressive” towards gardai at the time and had to be pepper sprayed before being arrested.

In September Liston’s friend and co-accused, Michael Fitzgerald, aged 24, of Caherass, Croom, escaped receiving a criminal conviction after pleading guilty and making a €500 donation to the court’s poor box.

Speaking in court last Friday solicitor Enda O’Connor, acting for Liston, said that a probation report into the accused which had been requested by the judge was “very favourable”. Mr O’Connor reiterated that Liston’s behaviour was down to his having “over indulged” on the night, and stressed that the accused is “at a low risk of re-offending” in the future.

Mr O’Connor previously said that Liston had been “accosted by a number of youths and suffered a number of blows to the head” during the fight, but “had no intention of assaulting Garda Carey”. When he was lying on the ground Liston “saw a pair of shoes and swung out as he feared for his own safety”, and only realised it was Garda Carey afterwards.

The court previously heard that Liston is an apprentice electrician working with a State body, but was hoping to avoid a conviction as he hopes to work abroad.

Mr O’Connor told the judge that Mr Liston had €500 in cash with him in order to make a donation to the garda benevolent fund. Judge Larkin accepted the donation and said that “on the strict understanding that he doesn’t come up here again”, she struck out the charge against Liston.
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A PSNI officer has been taken to hospital after being struck in the face with a knife while attending an incident in north Belfast.
The officer was attending the scene of the report of an assault in the Crumlin Road area of the city on Wednesday when he was attacked, suffering facial injuries.
A PSNI spokeswoman said he was struck "by what is believed to be a Stanley type knife".
His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
A 16-year-old teenager has been arrested for wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in connection with the incident.
He is being questioned by police.
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Six injured in explosion at Melbourne flat

AAP By Jessica Evans January 5, 2014, 2:47 pm

AAP Three police officers are in critical conditions following an explosion in Melbourne's south.
Two police officers have serious burns as a result of a gas bottle explosion at a Melbourne flat that also injured four others.

Police were called to a Middle Park flat about 9.15pm (AEDT) on Saturday after reports of a man threatening self-harm.

As firefighters and police entered the flat via the balcony using a ladder, there was a large explosion caused by an exploding gas bottle.

The intensity of the explosion shattered the windows of the apartment.

Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright said police believed the incident to be a suicide attempt rather than a malicious attack.

"This is probably the worst nightmare we have," Mr Cartwright said.

"I find this a tragedy, it cuts very deep.

"Our members deal with people with mental illness every day ... You ask them to go and look after the community and as a result, this happens."

Mr Cartwright said the family of the police officers were traumatised by the event.

Two junior female officers who had less than four years on the job received serious burns to their faces and upper bodies and are in serious but stable conditions after surgery at The Alfred Hospital.

A male sergeant in his 50s is in stable condition at the hospital.

Two firefighters were hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries.

One was released from hospital on Saturday night, while the other remains at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in stable condition.

A 40-year-old male resident remains in a serious but stable condition at The Alfred Hospital and is under police guard. Police said the man was not in a fit state to talk but could face charges.

Mr Cartwright said a medical practitioner had offered assistance at the scene to hose down the injured police members with a garden hose.

Psychologists, welfare officers and a police chaplain will speak with the police officers and their families.

Police will remain at the crime scene until Monday to investigate.

Victoria's acting premier Peter Ryan offered his condolences on behalf of the state government.

"Our thoughts are with the police officers so seriously injured, and also with the firefighters who were badly burned, in this terrible incident," Mr Ryan said in a statement.

He said the tragedy draws attention to how working as a police officer can be dangerous.

"We wish them a complete recovery. On behalf of the Victorian government, I thank them for the vital role which they play in protecting all of us," he said.
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Another brilliant comment.

Man who said he was the Pope and bit Garda put on flight
Tue, 14 Jan 2014
A man who claimed he was the Pope and then bit a Garda was allowed to fly back to Australia.

Sean McLaughlin (23) was told by Gardai to go home when they encountered him in Buncrana, Co Donegal in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

He roared 'w*****s' twice at Gardai as they patrolled the town and then gave them the 'middle finger.'

When he was asked for his name he told Gardai he was "John Paul, The Pope."

McLaughlin, of Cloontagh, Clonmany, was then arrested but as he was being cautioned he bit one of the arresting Gardai.

Letterkenny District Court was told today that McLaughlin remembered little about the incident due to drinking.

Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had no excuse or reason for his actions as he had never been in trouble before and had no malice towards the Gardai.

His parents were with him in court and were also deeply embarrassed by what had happened, added Mr Dorrian.

Mr Dorrian said his client was due on a flight back to Australia last night at 10pm which he planned to be on.

Judge Kelly said it was McLaughlin's first offence and that the assault was at the lower end of the scale and ordered McLaughlin to pay €300 to St Vincent De Paul and agreed to strike all matters out.
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Woman who attacked gardai ‘not criminalised’

Published: 23 January 2014


Judge Carroll Moran

By David Hurley
A WOMAN who attacked gardai during Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations four years ago avoided a prison sentence,


Rita Kelly, aged 23, who has an address at GReenhills Road, Garryowen pleaded guilty - along with her then boyfriend - to engaging in violent disorder at O’Connell Street during the early hours of March 18, 2010.

Limerick Circuit Court was previously told the pair were arrested following an incident outside the Supermacs restaurant.

The court heard that Ms Kelly had intervened as gardai tried to arrest her boyfriend after he was observed kicking the front door of the restaurant.

Ms Kelly was verbally abusive towards gardai on the night and had used “insulting and vulgar language”.

She scratched a number of gardai in the face and she spat in the face of a female gardai as she tussled with her on the ground.

During a sentencing hearing, Mark Nicholas BL said Ms Kelly has no previous convictions and that she has not been in any trouble since the incident.

He said his client had behaved “deplorably” on the night and he said the incident had been disgraceful.

Kelly, he said, had been taking medication for an illness around the time of the offence and that she is now “leading a quiet life” as she has a young daughter.

Judge Carroll Moran was told that none of the gardai were seriously injured during the incident and that they have all gone on to make a full recovery.

The judge described the actions of the accused as disgraceful and he said gardai were entitled to be protected from such behaviour as they carried out their duties.

Previously the judge said the actions of the defendants were “not acceptable” and he indicated he was considering a twelve month sentence in the case.

However, during a review of the case, the judge was told that Ms Kelly has stayed out of trouble for the past twelve months and has not come to the attention of gardai.

Judge Moran said in the circumstances he did not want to criminalise her so he applied the provisions of the Probation Act.
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Limerick teenager on trial for endangering garda

Published: 27 January 2014


Limerick Courthouse

THE trial of a teenager who is accused of trying to knock down a garda in the Southill area of the city is expected to reach a conclusion this week.


The defendant, who can’t be named because of his age, is accused of “recklessly or intentionally” endangering the life of Garda Niamh Keogh on May 23, 2012.

It is alleged the then 15-year-old drove a stolen car at the garda who was on foot patrol in O’Malley Park.

In her evidence, Garda Keogh, who is a community garda for the area, said at around 4pm she was alerted to a red Mazda 323 car, which was performing 360 degree turns near the health centre.

She said the car was being driven erratically and in a dangerous manner and that it “was out of control all over the road”.

Garda Keogh said around 20 youths had gathered in the area and that when they saw her they attempted to alert the driver of the Mazda to her presence.

Having initially left the area, the vehicle then returned before it was driven in her direction.

“I had to take evasive action, I jumped behind a pillar to protect myself,” said told the court adding that she feared for her safety.

“I thought I was going to be killed or seriously injured, I was in fear of my life,” she said adding that while the vehicle was being driven at high speed she did not know how fast it was travelling.

Garda Keogh told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, she had a “clear and unobstructed” view of the driver as the car passed her and she identified the defendant as the driver.

“I immediately recognised him,” she said adding that she was “100% sure” it was the defendant.

It is the prosecution case that the vehicle then left the area and that Garda Keogh requested assistance from her colleagues.

The defendant was arrested later in the same evening in the O’Malley Park area and the car was also recovered.

Being cross-examined by Brendan Nix SC, defending, Garda Keogh said she was “100% certain” the young male she had seen at the wheel of the stolen car was the accused.

Mr Nix questioned how it was possible that she could recognise somebody she had seen only in profile and in a car that had “flashed by at 60kph at a conservative guess”.

He also noted that Garda Keogh, when she had called for assistance on her radio, had failed to mention the accused by name.

Garda Keogh replied that there had been a group of up to 20 youths in the area who had jeered at her in the aftermath of the near-miss.

“I didn’t want to say his (the accused teen’s) name because I didn’t want the youths to alert him I knew he was driving,” she said.

Mr Nix put it to her that she could have gone into the health centre to pass on the information to colleagues in a more discreet way.

Gardai in mobile patrols had been alerted to a red Mazda car “on the go” in Southill but had not been given any name for the driver, Mr Nix said.

“I say you had no idea who was driving the car and that’s why you didn’t give a name,” said Mr Nix, which Garda Keogh denied.

Gardai had been “on the lookout for somebody in a grey hoodie” but when his client had been detained, he had been wearing a black tracksuit pants rather than all-grey.

The trial continues at Limerick Circuit Court before Judge Carroll Moran and a jury.
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Suspended sentence for kicking garda in the head

Published: 31 January 2014


A Portlaoise man has been given a suspended sentence for a drunken altercation in which he kicked a garda in the head, requiring the officer to miss four days’ work.


47-year-old Patrick Storey, 125 St Brigid’s Place, was charged with assault, and being intoxicated in a public place, at Main Street, Portlaoise, on August 19, 2012. He was also charged with being a parent who permitted his child to be on licensed premises, at Keegan’s bar, Lower Main Street, Portlaoise, on the same date.

Sgt Denis Collins gave evidence at last week’s district court, that gardaí entered Keegan’s at 1am and told staff to clear the premises. The gardaí returned at 1.20am and discovered that there were still people there, including Storey and his 17-year-old son.

Storey refused to leave and Sgt Collins said that a number of public order incidents occurred. Storey was intoxicated and did not comply with the directions of the gardaí, and there was also an issue over the name and address he gave the officers.

When he was being arrested, Storey offered considerable resistance and as he was being put into the garda van he committed an assault on one of the gardaí.

Sgt Collins said that Storey kicked out and struck a garda on the temple. The garda subsequently had to take four days off work and his injuries included a swelling to his temple and a sprain to his hand.

Defence, Mr Frank Taaffe said his client was not a man who had come to garda attention much in his 47 years.

“He’s normally a law-abiding citizen,” said Mr Taaffe.

Defence said that Storey had been “slightly intoxicated” and admitted that the defendant’s 17-year-old son had been on the premises at the time.

In relation to the assault, Mr Taaffe said that Storey had been lying face down on the floor of the garda van and “extended his leg out”, striking the garda.

“He wasn’t looking at the garda, it wasn’t intentional,” said Mr Taaffe, adding that Storey claimed he had suffered injuries himself on the night. Defence concluded by saying Storey wished to apologise to the court.

Judge Catherine Staines said it was a serious matter, and she noted that Storey had a previous conviction for assault. She imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for two years on Storey’s own bond of €100.
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Well kicking someone in the head causing swelling is obviously less serious than pepper spraying in self defence!
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Four PSNI officers injured during ex-IRA bomber protest

7 hours ago

There was trouble in east Belfast as Brighton bomber Patrick Magee appeared at an event alongside the daughter of a man killed in the blast.
Four police officers suffered minor injuries as protesters threw fireworks and stones at a community centre in east Belfast where a former IRA bomber was a guest speaker.

About 50 people gathered at the Skainos centre on the Newtownards Road shortly before the man responsible for the Brighton bomb, Patrick Magee, arrived.

They threw stones and four police officers suffered minor injuries.

The windows of two police vehicles were also smashed.

Patrick Magee and Jo Berry, who lost her father in the bomb, went in together through a back door at the building.

Both were taking part in a festival called: Listening to Your Enemies.

The crowd surged forward, shouted abuse and threw missiles. But there was a heavy police presence and the protesters were forced back off the premises.

After the event on Thursday evening, more stones were thrown and police lines came under fire.

Police have begun an inquiry into the disorder.


Four police officers suffered minor injuries during the trouble
East Belfast MP Naomi Long, Alliance Party, said: "There can be no justification for the violence that has occurred. I would appeal for calm in the area.

"The event at the Skainos centre is part of a dialogue that should be allowed to take place. It is important that everybody respects the rights of those who wish to take part in reconciliation events, and that they are allowed to do so without such negative scenes as we have seen tonight.

"It is deeply disappointing that this trouble has occurred at an event which is aimed at breaking down the barriers in our society."

East Belfast community worker Jim Wilson said he had been verbally abused as he came out of the talk.

Car attacked

He said he had gone to confront Magee about the republican view of events during the Troubles.

"I defended the people's right outside to protest, I defended their right to have a different view. I believe we need to challenge Sinn Féin and the story they are telling throughout the world.

"When I came out, I got verbal abuse from my own community. My car was hit with bricks. I was called a traitor."

Mr Wilson said he was now re-considering his position.

"I was so hurt about what happened last night, because I have been working with this community for 40 years," he said.

Security cameras

Earlier on Thursday, anti-republican graffiti was discovered on the Skainos building which belongs to the east Belfast Methodist mission.

Mr Wilson had said people were entitled to their views, but they should be expressed peacefully.

Rev Gary Mason, from the east Belfast mission, said: "The police were out first thing this morning and they have looked at it.

"We have video evidence as well because this is a new site so there are a number of security cameras so the folk that did that are on camera."


Patrick Magee and Jo Berry spoke at the event
Patrick Magee was behind the bombing of Brighton's Grand Hotel during the Tory Party Conference in 1984.

It killed five people and injured 34, including Lord Tebbit and his wife. The prime minister at the time, Margaret Thatcher, had a narrow escape.

Jo Berry lost her father, Sir Anthony Berry, in the atrocity. She has since forgiven Magee for the attack.

In recent years, Magee has been associated with projects that work with groups specialising in conflict resolution, reconciliation and victim support.

Police are treating the Skainos graffiti incident as a hate crime.
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Man facing jail for threatening to rape and kill a garda

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Jessica Magee – 31 January 2014

A man is to be sentenced later after he threatened to rape and kill a garda, shoot her colleague and blow them both up.

Thomas Delaney (43) told the garda he would “get her on the other side” and follow her home from work when she wasn't expecting it.

“I'll put a transmitter under your car and boom. Two pineapples, throw them in your window, get six rounds into your head. Bye, bye,” he told the garda.

Delaney of Walkinstown Crescent, Walkinstown, was found unanimously guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of two threats to kill Garda Amanda King on January 20, 2010, at garda stations in Santry and the Bridewell.

He was also convicted unanimously of threatening to kill Garda Patrick Whelan on the same date at the Bridewell Garda Station.

Delaney was further found guilty of failing to produce a driving licence and driving without insurance on the same date in Applewood Village, Swords. He had denied all charges.

Garda Ciarán McGill told Fiona McGowan BL, prosecuting that Gda King was on duty in a marked patrol car when she saw a car stopped in the middle of the road with no lights on.

The driver was revving the car to its maximum, and identified himself as Delaney.

Gda King noticed that his eyes were bloodshot and he smelled strongly of spirits.

He told her he had been drinking and made a number of lewd comments towards her, but she just took them to be “drunk talk”.

Gardaí said Delaney became difficult to deal with and aggressive in the back of the garda car and had to be physically restrained.

He said to Gda King, “I'll be waiting for you after work some night when you're not expecting it. What are you going to do when the boys aren't around to protect you? I'll get you then.”

Delaney said he would rape Gda King and “take a bullet” to her, and she became worried that the threats could be serious.

When Delaney was brought to Santry Garda Station he refused to provide a breath sample and kept up with the threats, telling Gda King he would find out her car details and follow her home sometime after work.

“I'll wait outside the station and follow you. Mark my words bitch, you're going to f****** die screaming, bye bye,” he said.

Gda King said at this stage she was terrified, afraid for her life and trembling.

Delaney also threatened Gda Phelan, saying he knew where he lived and he would come to his house and shoot him, and blow up his house with all his family inside.

Delaney claimed he was “well-connected” to criminal gangs in Crumlin and that it would be easy for him to gets his hands on a bomb and have Gda Phelan “done in”.

He also said, “Don't come home crying to me when I have your sister screaming,” which Gda Phelan took as a direct threat to his family.

The court heard that Gda Phelan changed his route home from work after this because he was afraid of the threats.

When Delaney was being moved to a holding cell in the Bridewell, he again threatened Gda King.

“I will get you for this, I will take you out with one bullet. I will make you pain and suffer and hurt before the bullet. I'll be waiting for you in Swords, I'll take five bullets out there some night and take all five of you bastards out,” he said.

Gda King was very afraid on her way home that night and said she was questioning her career in the gardaí as she had never before been threatened like that.

Delaney has three previous convictions, all for drugs offences, and was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2001.

William Cleary BL, defending, said his client accepts the verdict of the jury and wished to convey his apologies to the guards involved.

He referred to a psychiatric report given to the court and said Delaney had had an “extreme burst of anger” as he felt humiliated and was highly intoxicated at the time.

The court heard that Delaney has a history of substance abuse, particularly alcohol.

Mr Cleary said the father-of-one has been very proactive in custody and is looking into getting anger management treatment.

Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned the case for sentencing on April 4 and ordered a probation and welfare report to be prepared.
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(01-02-2014, 01:53 PM)Administrator Wrote: Won't serve a day


Sadly I agree. All will be taken into consideration and, at best, he'll have 'time served'. 09
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http://www.laois-nationalist.ie/news/201...-hospital/

CAR CRASH LEADS TO PUBLIC ORDER INCIDENT AT HOSPITAL

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2014
A CAR crash last Tuesday evening resulted in a public order incident at Portlaoise hospital.

Gardaí were attacked after they responded to a call at the accident and emergency ward following a row between two groups.

Pepper spray was deployed in the course of the incident and three local people were arrested, including a woman.

The origins of the incident lay in a car crash at Timahoe Road roundabout on James Fintan Lalor Avenue at around 9pm that evening.

A Ford Transit van and a car had collided with each other. Fire services and ambulance crews responded to the incident. The female driver of the car was taken to hospital by ambulance while the doors of the van had to be cut off by the fire services in order to get the male occupants out.

Following the incident, a large number of people gathered at the hospital. The group became “unruly” according to gardaí and they were requested to remove them by hospital staff. Gardaí were then assaulted and one garda suffered minor injuries.

Three arrests were made and they were brought to Portlaoise Garda Station on public order offences.
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