A Mountrath man who hurled a beer can at a garda detective and then tried to headbutt him has been given community service in lieu of prison.
Garda Keith Hartnett gave evidence that on January 10 this year, following attempts to stop a car driving dangerously, the car crashed and the driver fled the scene.
The passenger in the car, Edward Cash, threw a can of beer at Detective Garda Michael O’Donovan and came at him with his fists clenched and attempted to headbutt the detective.
Cash had 28 previous convictions.
Judge Catherine Staines described it as very serious.
Defence for Cash, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said there had been no physical contact between her client and the detective, but Cash did throw a beer can at him and did threaten him.
Saying it was an appalling way to treat a garda, Judge Catherine Staines imposed 200 hours’ community service in lieu of six months.
There was a separate charge against the accused, relating to a public order matter that morning.
Garda Hartnett said he had been called to the accused’s home that morning, December 22, as Cash was drunk and remonstrating with neighbours, offering them to fight.
Ms Fitzpatrick said her client had drunk too much, and had now spent the night in the garda station.
Setting a bail condition that the accused was not to drink alcohol, Judge Staines put the matter back to March 9 next, for a probation and community service report.