Killorglin man was aggressive to gardaí and members of emergency services
A KILLORGLIN man who suffers “extreme anguish” daily because of his bipolar disorder has been given a four-month suspended sentence by Judge David Waters for assaulting a member of the gardaí.
Patrick A Walsh of Rangue, Killorglin, was before the district court on a number of charges relating to two separate incidents during which he was aggressive to gardaí and members of the emergency services who were attempting to assist him.
On November 23, 2015, Mr Walsh had rang 999 because he had a toothache and services came to his assistance outside The Forge Bar in Killorglin. While they were treating him, he became aggressive to the paramedics and gardaí were called to assist after he refused to leave.
Garda Padraig Doyle and Garda Sean Dennehy attempted to speak to Mr Walsh but he continued to be aggressive to them and refused to leave the area. He was arrested, and he assaulted Garda Doyle by jumping off his seat causing Garda Doyle to bend over backwards resulting in a back injury which left him out of work. He also attempted to hit Garda Doyle.
Outside the ambulance he also kicked out with his feet at both Garda Doyle and Garda Dennehy and he headbutted Garda Doyle, the court heard.
In a separate incident on July 5, 2017, at Church Street Cahersiveen, Mr Walsh was observed in a drunken state. When gardaí went to speak to him he told them to ‘feck off’ and continued to drink out of a can. He was abusive to gardaí and refused to leave when told to do so. Instead he folded his arms in an aggressive stance, the court heard.
Defence solicitor, Padraig O’Connell, told the court that Mr Walsh was pleading guilty to all incidents. The court heard that he has 24 previous convictions, the most recent of which was in April of this year for public order. He also has convictions for assault and resisting gardaí.
Mr O’Connell said that his client ‘profusely apologises’ for his behaviour which can be explained by the alcohol he consumed. He also told the court that Mr Walsh suffers from bipolar disorder.
He said that many of those closest to Mr Walsh had passed away and he lives an isolated existence in rented accommodation.
“He suffers from being bipolar and has extreme anguish 24 hours a day, 7 day a week.
“He turned to alcohol to cope with his mental health.”
Mr O’Connell told the judge that he was not “dealing with some-one living in the real world”.
Judge Waters said that Mr Walsh had re-offended while on a bond from the first incident when he assaulted Garda Doyle and Garda Dennehy but that he would give him a chance because of the timing of the incident.
He gave him a four-month suspended sentence for assaulting Garda Doyle at The Square Killorglin on October 23. He added that Mr Walsh now has ‘four months hanging over him’ and he will get two years if he engages in violence or public order again.
He was also convicted and fined €250 for failing to comply with the direction of the gardai at Church Street Cahersiveen.