Verbally abusive man (20) told to apologise to Garda
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.