Man called Gar­daí names and raised mid­dle fin­ger at them

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A 40-year-old man who ver­bally abused Gar­daí on the street has stood up and apol­o­gised to them in court.

Bernard Smith of North Court, Quay­side, was charged with be­ing drunk and abu­sive on Wine Street on 10 th Novem­ber 2017.

His case came up last week be­fore Judge Kevin Kil­rane in the District Court af­ter it was ad­journed since last Fe­bru­ary to mon­i­tor Smith’s be­hav­iour.

Sergeant Derek But­ler told the court that Smith called two Gar­daí on pa­trol “w*****s” from the other side of the road. When they spoke to him he was in­tox­i­cated, un­steady on his feet and there was a smell of al­co­hol off him.

How­ever Smith then said to the Gar­daí “I’ ll kill the two of you” and raised a mid­dle fin­ger to them.

He was then ar­rested.

The court heard Smith had 31 pre­vi­ous con­vic- tions. Judge Kil­rane said to Ms Laura Spell­man, de­fend­ing, “I see him shak­ing his head. This is very se­ri­ous.”

Smith took the wit­ness stand and said he had a pain in his back and his neck.

“Ah no, you were shak­ing your head in dis­agree­ment. What’s go­ing on in your life?” he asked Smith.

“It’s changed now your hon­our,” he said and Ms Spell­man said he hadn’t taken a drink in seven months.

Judge Kil­rane or­dered Smith to stand up and face the court and apol­o­gise to the Gar­daí for his be­hav­iour on the night.

“I apol­o­gise,” said Smith to the court.

“You know what an apol­ogy is, you say ‘I’m sorry’ and the sec­ond part is ‘I won’t do it again’,” said Judge Kil­rane.

Smith said this and the judge con­victed and fined him ¤300 for the two of­fences.

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