Man’s claims ‘a stunt’ says Judge

Bray People - - Special Report -

THE AC­TIONS of a man who uri­nated on him­self and claimed to have defe­cated in his pants while in Garda cus­tody were said to be noth­ing but a stunt by Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan at Bray District Court.

On Oc­to­ber 11 last year Pat Minto of 17 Car­raig Mor, Lott Lane in Kil­coole was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of drunken driv­ing on Main Street, Kil­coole.

He was brought to Bray Garda sta­tion and at 12.05 a.m he was put un­der a 20 minute ob­ser­va­tion.

The ar­rest­ing Garda, Garda Mo­ran told the court that Minto asked to go to the toi­let but this was de­clined be­cause he was un­der ob­ser­va­tion.

Minto then told the Garda that he would ‘pi**’ on him­self if he wasn’t al­lowed go.

Garda Mo­ran told the court that he watched Minto force him­self to uri­nate and that he wet him­self.

Minto then stood up and told Garda Mo­ran and Garda Brady who had en­tered the room that he had ‘pooed’ on him­self and would they like to take it out.

The ac­cused was then brought to an­other in­ter­view room where there was a toi­let and there he stripped naked and sat on the toi­let. Garda Mo­ran said that it looked as though Minto was phys­i­cally strain­ing him­self to go to the toi­let and when he did he con­grat­u­lated him­self.

Dr. Has­san who was called to the sta­tion was in­tro­duced to Minto and a urine or blood test was re­quested.

Garda Mo­ran said that Minto ig­nored the re­quest and upped the ante.

Dr. Has­san left the sta­tion and a few min- utes later Minto got up from the toi­let and slid onto the floor and be­gan shak­ing as if he was hav­ing a fit.

An am­bu­lance was called and Minto was brought to Lough­lin­stown Hospi­tal.

Minto de­nied the ev­i­dence given by Garda Mo­ran and said that he suf­fers from Sud­den Heart Syn­drome and when he was told he couldn’t go to the toi­let he be­came anx­ious and that his heart be­gan to beat fast as though it was go­ing to burst from his chest.

He told the court that he didn’t de­lib­er­ately pass urine and that he stripped naked be­cause his chest was tight and he felt very hot.

Minto said that he re­quested a doc­tor and when the doc­tor came he didn’t ex­am­ine him de­spite him be­ing in dis­tress.

On hear­ing the ev­i­dence Judge Con­nel­lan said that Minto’s ac­tions were noth­ing but a stunt and that his con­di­tion couldn’t give rise to him not be­ing able to con­tain him­self when need­ing to go to the toi­let for four or five min­utes.

Minto was con­victed and fined ¤2,500 and was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for four years.

Bray Garda Sta­tion.

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