Man’s claims ‘a stunt’ says Judge
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.