Hassling women on Park Street on New Year’s Eve landed an Armagh man in court last week.
Dermot Fox, (35), Marian Avenue, Maghery, was in Dundalk visiting relatives for Christmas when on December 31, he was spotted by Gardai ‘harrassing women in the street’. He was approached by Gardai and ‘asked him to desist’ but he ‘repeatedly abused Gardai’ and when they tried to arrest him he ‘resisted violently’.
Solicitor Frank McDonnell said his client, who works in the UK< had travelled back to Ireland for the case. Fox has no previous convictions and was spending the festive period with relatives in Dundalk.
Mr McDonnell said the defendant went out with his brother on New Year’s Eve and ‘became disorientated’ as he didn’t know Dundalk. The incident was ‘most extraordinary’ for him and one which Fox ‘very much regrets’.
Judge Brennan found the facts proven and dismissed the case. sentence and banned Marshall from driving for two years.
Judge Brennan said: ‘If you can’t service it in the community, you will serve it in custody’. the solicitor added.
In addition, the defendant suffers from depression ‘and drinking doesn’t help matters’.
Judge Brennan imposed a three month sentence, but suspended it for three months.