Drunk, topless man struck garda’s face

An Offaly man who struck a garda in the face and had to be subsequently restrained by four officers had his case adjourned at last week’s district court for him to complete a course addressing his drink problem.

An Offaly man who struck a garda in the face and had to be subsequently restrained by four officers had his case adjourned at last week’s district court for him to complete a course addressing his drink problem.

Before the court was Sean Tanner, Park, Banagher, Offaly, charged with obstructing a peace officer, assault, intoxication, and threatening or abusive behaviour, at Main Street, Portarlington, on November 24 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that gardai received reports of a youth fighting at 2.05am. They observed Tanner in an extremely intoxicated state with his top off, roaring and shouting. He was told to stop but continued to do so, and when a garda went to arrest him he struck the garda in the face. It then took four gardaí to arrest him.

Insp Farrelly said that the injured garda experienced swelling and discomfort to his left cheek, and was advised to rest and take paracetamol.

Tanner had no previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher explained that Tanner had been at an 18th birthday party and his recollection was “very hazy”. Mr Meagher said Tanner was seeking help for his alcohol addiction, and was hoping to do a three-month course.

Judge Paul Kelly put it back to February 26, for Tanner to complete the course and for a probation report.