GARDA FORCED TO DRAW HIS GUN

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A BRAY MAN has been jailed for at­tack­ing a garda who had to draw his gun to fend him off.

Barry O’Ha­gan (35) for­merly of 11 Bal­ly­waltrim Cot­tages, in­ter­vened as Garda David McHugh was ar­rest­ing a woman he sus­pected of drunk driv­ing.

O’Ha­gan was sentenced to nine months in prison. He had a pre­vi­ous sus­pended sen­tence which was ac­ti­vated and is to be served con­sec­u­tively.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at Bal­ly­waltrim Heights in Bray at around 1 a.m. last Fe­bru­ary 26.

Garda McHugh no­ticed a car pulling out of a drive­way and sus­pected the driver had been drink­ing.

O’Ha­gan was one of a num­ber of peo­ple at a party there and shouted out ‘gar­daí’ from the door.

He pro­ceeded to punch the garda as he at­tempted to ar­rest the woman who fled the scene.

He was struck in the back of the head and told ‘you’d bet­ter f ***ing go’.

The garda was try­ing to pro­tect his head from the blows when a passer by tried to help and pulled O’Ha­gan away but he got out of his grip.

Garda McHugh felt in fear and took out his of­fi­cial firearm and called out ‘armed gar­daí’.

O’Ha­gan looked at him for a few seconds and ran inside be­fore other gar­daí ar­rived to sub­due and ar­rest him.

A garda had to pull out his gun to sub­due a man at­tack­ing him as he tried to ar­rest some­one.

Barry O’Ha­gan (35), for­merly of 11 Bal­ly­waltrim Cot­tages but who has since moved to Roscom­mon, was sentenced to nine months in jail at Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

Judge David Kennedy also re­voked the sus­pen­sion of a pre­vi­ous six month sen­tence for fail­ing to com­ply with gardai.

Garda David McHugh was on rou­tine pa­trol at Bal­ly­waltrim Heights at around 1 a.m. on Fe­bru­ary 26.

He saw some­one rev­ers­ing out of a drive­way and ap­proached the ve­hi­cle. There was a party un­der way at the house and O’Ha­gan was at the door and shouted ‘gardai.’

Two men ap­proached garda McHugh and tried to im­pede him. He was struck in the back of the head and told ‘you’d bet­ter f ***ing go.’

Garda McHugh was putting the woman into the car and he felt some­one grab him. O’Ha­gan punched garda McHugh three times. He was pro­tect­ing him­self from the blows.

A res­i­dent of the area in­ter­vened, grabbed O’Ha­gan and pulled him away. The woman got away and O’Ha­gan got away from the per­son hold­ing him.

Garda McHugh felt in fear and took out his of­fi­cial firearm and called out ‘armed gardai.’ Garda McHugh had also called for backup in the mean­time.

O’Ha­gan looked at him for a few seconds and ran inside. ‘F**k you c***s,’ he called out. It was garda Wal­dron who ap­pre­hended O’Ha­gan inside the house.

Judge David Kennedy said that he would have re­fused ju­ris­dic­tion how­ever his col­league had pre­vi­ously ac­cepted it.

Solic­i­tor Joe Maguire said that his client is con­trite and has moved away and bro­ken ties with Bray. ‘He feels he let him­self down that night,’ said Mr Maguire. ‘ There was a lot of drink taken and a lot of emo­tions in­volved.’ Mr Maguire added that O’Ha­gan has vol­un­tar­ily com­pleted an anger man­age­ment course.

He added that his client said this was out of character for him and he sus­pects his drink was spiked. ‘I don’t think I’ve come across such a se­ri­ous of­fence in my time here,’ said Judge Kennedy.

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