Man in trou­ble af­ter giv­ing Gar­daí ‘the fin­ger’

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A MAN who stuck up his mid­dle fin­ger at Gar­dai and shouted ob­scen­i­ties at them was sen­tenced to one month’s im­pris­on­ment at last week’s sit­ting of Wick­low District Court.

Vin­cent Nu­gent, 96 Moun­tain View, Bal­lyguile, Wick­low was charged with en­gag­ing in threat­en­ing, abu­sive and in­sult­ing be­hav­ior at Bal­lyguile on Novem­ber 22, 2008.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and Garda Eoin McGrath told Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan that while he was on duty in the pa­trol car Nu­gent ‘be­gan ges­tur­ing with his mid­dle fin­ger and shouted ob­scen­i­ties’ at the Garda car as it passed.

When Gar­dai ap­proached Nu­gent he was very ag­gres­sive and abu­sive. Garda McGrath said there were a lot of peo­ple in­clud­ing young chil­dren in the area.

The court heard Nu­gent had 17 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and had been bound to keep the peace on at least two oc­ca­sions, one of which was just a month be­fore this in­ci­dent.

Judge Con­nel­lan said Nu­gent had been bound to the peace on two oc­ca­sions and sen­tenced him to one month’s im­pris­on­ment. He fixed recog­ni­sances in the event of an ap­peal and Nu­gent met the recog­ni­sances per­mit­ting him to walk free from the court un­til his ap­peal.

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