Court - Community service for man who headbutted garda

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Court - Community service for man who headbutted garda

A Portlaoise man who drunkenly kicked at people in the street before he attempted to headbutt a garda has been given community service in lieu of prison.

John McEvoy (24), Rathnamanagh, Portlaoise, was convicted back in July of public order offences including being intoxicated, threatening or abusive behaviour, and failure to comply with the directions of the gardaí, on March 27 this year.

The July court heard that the accused was abusing door staff at a nightclub in the Top Square, Portlaoise, and was directed to leave by gardaí.

He moved off, but five minutes later McEvoy was seen kicking the door of the nightclub.

Some time later, McEvoy was found on Portlaoise Mains Street kicking out at passers by. He was arrested, but during his arrest he assaulted Garda Doolan by headbutting him. Fortunately, the garda did not suffer injuries.

Judge Staines put the matter back for a community service report, recommending 150 hours in lieu of six months prison. She also told McEvoy to have an extra €400 for the garda he assaulted.

In addition, McEvoy was ordered to stay out of licensed premises for 12 months.

When the case returned to court last week, defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client had €300 in court and could get the balance if given time.

He was also suitable for community service.

Judge Catherine Staines ordered that the €300 go to the gardaí and imposed community service in lieu of six months in prison.

Ms Fitzpatrick asked the court to reduce the exclusion order on her client prohibiting him from licensed premises.

Judge Staines agreed to reduce it from 12 months to three months, dated from July last, but told the accused that he really was better off staying out of licensed premises.