A CASTLEBAR man who has 23 previous convictions could be facing prison after verbally abusing a garda on the side of a road.
Garda John Melia told the court that while dealing with a routine stop of a suspected drink driver on January 24, 2016, he was approached by Martin McDonagh of 95 Springfield Court, Castlebar.
Garda Melia had stopped a driver on a busy road at 3.25am at Kilnock, Breaffy, and while dealing with the person, McDonagh approached him from a taxi and was staggering in front of traffic.
The garda gave evidence that McDonagh said ‘F**k you, you’re only a prick. You won’t tell me what to do’.
Garda Melia then arrested McDonagh. The court was told that this offence occurred while two periods of suspension of jail terms were active. As such, Judge Mary Devins remanded Mr McDonagh on continuing bail to appear at the next sitting of Galway Circuit Court to clarify whether the suspended jail terms would be reactivated in light of the public order offence.
Meanwhile, another man, Bernie McDonagh, of 35, Cois Abhainn, Castlebar, could also be facing prison after he also became involved on the night and attempted to head butt a garda.
The court heard that while Garda Melia dealt with the suspect drink driving case, Garda James Mangan observed Bernie McDonagh being very aggressive.
Garda Mangan said McDonagh left momentarily but returned and twice attempted to head butt Garda Melia. McDonagh then kicked out at oncoming traffic and resisted arrest by running down the busy road.
Pepper spray was deployed and Mr McDonagh was brought to Castlebar Garda Station where he continued to be ‘aggressive and abusive’.
The court was told that the 24 year old had 16 previous convictions and that this offence occurred while a suspended prison term from a Longford court was still active.
Judge Devins remanded the matter back to Portlaoise District Court to also clarify if the suspended prison term would be reactivated.