Street-fighter had cocaine in pocket
PRISON FOR MAN DUE TO MARRY THIS YEAR
A MAN due to get married this year who got caught up in a fight and had cocaine in his pocket was sentenced to three months in prison.
‘I never threw one punch, I was the victim in that whole incident,’ called Craig Murphy, 34 Killadreenan, Newtownmountkennedy, as Judge Murrough Connellan called out the sentence.
Murphy (28) was arrested on the morning of August 8 at 1.20 a.m. in Newtown. Garda James Reynolds saw him fighting with another man and told him to move away. He went to go back inside a hotel and threatened staff when he was refused entry. Garda Reynolds told him he would be arrested, to which Murphy replied ‘who’s going to arrest me?’ and he then clenched his fist.
Garda Reynolds had to use pepper spray to subdue the defendant. He was searched and €70 of cocaine was found in his pocket.
Solicitor Conway O’Hara said that Murphy was at a sports social function on the night.
His brother was in a dispute inside, which Murphy was not a part of. He brought the brother outside which is when Garda Reynolds encountered them.
‘He has not been drinking or taken drugs since the incident,’ said Mr. O’Hara. ‘He has turned a corner. He’s getting married this year and his partner is extremely upset.’
Judge Murrough Connellan said that the mixture of drugs and violence are linked.
‘Garda Reynolds gave this man the opportunity to move off when he decided to take up his grievance with door staff,’ said the Judge. ‘And guess what’s in his pocket? Cocaine.’
The Judge gave Murphy two concurrent sentences of three months each for breaching the peace and possession of drugs.