Ver­bally abu­sive man (20) told to apol­o­gise to Garda

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A man who was ver­bally abu­sive to a Garda af­ter he was found with drugs dur­ing the All Ire­land Fleadh in Sligo has been told to write a let­ter of apol­ogy to the Garda in­volved.

Ai­dan Neary (20) of Car­row­mor­ris, Dro­mard, was be­fore Judge Kevin Kil­rane at Sligo District Court on two Pub­lic Or­der charges and one drugs charge.

Sergeant Derek But­ler told the court that a Garda pa­trol saw Neary punch­ing a door as he left Fo­ley’s pub at 12.55am on 12 th Au­gust 2017.

He said Neary was in­tox­i­cated and the Gar­daí de­cided to carry out a search of him but when they asked him for his name and ad­dress he fled from them.

He was caught fur­ther down the Street by Garda Mark Ir­win and searched by Garda Colm Dolan.

They found two small pack­ets of white pow­der on Neary.

Sgt But­ler said that first of all Neary claimed they had been given to him, and then claimed that Garda Dolan had planted the drugs on him.

The court heard that Neary then be­came “ex­tremely abu­sive” and said he would burn Garda Dolan’s house down “with his children in­side and uri­nate on his grand­mother’s and grand­fa­ther’s graves.”

“This abuse con­tin­ued to Bal­ly­mote Garda Sta­tion where he was taken af­ter ar­rest,” said Sgt But­ler.

Neary told the court: “I think it was dur­ing the Fleadh. I just got out of con­trol,” he told Judge Kil­rane.

“I’m not re­ally drink­ing as much, I have a full time job,” he said, adding that he had apol­o­gised the last time he was in court to the Garda.

“I said that I shouldn’t have spo­ken like that.

“It’s just be­cause I was drunk and an­gry or some­thing,” he said from the wit­ness box.

He also told the judge he was cur­rently study­ing fi­nance.

“Will that lead to ac­coun­tancy?” asked the judge.

“I hope so,” replied Neary.

“This was shock­ing be­hav­iour,” said Judge Kil­rane.

“I’m go­ing to be gen­er­ous and ap­ply the Pro­ba­tion Act on all charges,” he told Neary.

“If that type of be­hav­iour were to be re­peated, it would be nailed to your CV and would de-bar you from em­ploy­ment,” he said to him.

“You’re a young man. Don’t ruin your life,” he said, giv­ing him a chance.

Be­fore Neary left the wit­ness box, Judge Kil­rane told him that what he said to Garda Dolan was “very nasty.”

“You should write a let­ter of apol­ogy to that Garda. It’s nasty, hor­ri­ble stuff,” he said.

Neary then do­nated ¤400 to the court poor box.

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