Dad with 42 con­vic­tions was abu­sive to Garda

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A 37-year-old man who was highly in­tox­i­cated and failed to com­ply with a garda in the early hours of the morn­ing, Sligo Dis­trict Court heard.

The de­fen­dant, Martin Ward, with an ad­dress at The Park­lands, Tub­ber­curry, was be­fore Judge Kevin Kil­rane charged with pub­lic or­der, in­tox­i­ca­tion and fail­ing to com­ply with gar­daí on Markievicz Road, Sligo on De­cem­ber 20 th 2017.

In­spec­tor Donal Sweeney told the court that at 3:30am on the date in ques­tion, Garda Dolan ob­served a number of males out­side Rober­tos take-away on High St and they then left the area.

A short while later, around 4am, there were four peo­ple on Markievicz Road shout­ing and act­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner. One of the men iden­ti­fied as Martin Ward was ex­tremely abu­sive to Garda Dolan and said threat­en­ing things to­wards him in­clud­ing that he was go­ing to rape his part­ner.

He kept mak­ing deroga­tory re­marks to­wards him and con­tin­ued to strike Garda Dolan.

The de­fen­dant re­peat­edly failed to com­ply and was in­tox­i­cated and un­steady on his feet.

He was sub­se­quently ar­rested at 4:30am and brought to Bal­ly­mote Garda Sta­tion, In­spec­tor Sweeney said.

He told the judge that Ward had 42 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, dat­ing back 5 years or more.

Mr Tom MacSharry, so­lic­i­tor (de­fend­ing) said that Ward had not been in trou­ble for some time and that his client had writ­ten a let­ter to garda Dolan and also met with him and apol­o­gised.

Mr MacSharry de­scribed what hap­pened as be­ing very nasty and said Ward was a man who has had dif­fi­cul­ties with al­co­hol and the in­ci­dent hap­pened around Christ­mas time when he was highly in­tox­i­cated.

Ward said in court that he told Garda Dolan he was very sorry for what had hap­pened.

He told the judge that he had since given up drink and agreed with Mr MacSharry that he had been clean and sober for a number of years but had re­lapsed over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

He ac­knowl­edged that he has a prob­lem and said that he hasn’t drank in a cou­ple of months.

The fa­ther of four children has a keen in­ter­est in sport, the court heard.

Ward told Judge Kil­rane: “I know it is very se­ri­ous and it was ter­ri­ble what I said. “I don’t want to go to jail,” he added. Mr MacSharry said it was a very se­ri­ous of­fence and said in fair­ness to Garda Dolan he ac­cepted Ward’s apol­ogy and asked the court to con­sider com­mu­nity ser­vice in lieu of a cus­to­dial sen­tence.

Judge Kil­rane asked Ward if he ever worked and he said mostly abroad and he did a bit of build­ing work in Ire­land. The judge said he should be put in prison for three months and the only mat­ter that per­suaded him not to put him in prison was to ad­journ the mat­ter for one week with the de­fen­dant to come to court with €700 of a fine.

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