AN Errill man assaulted an ISPCA inspector and acted aggressively toward the local dog warden, before he caused almost €2,000 of damage by punching the windscreen of their van and pulling the wing-mirrors off the vehicle.
Garda Inspector Michael Walsh gave evidence that the ISPCA inspector and the dog warden called on August 12 last year to the home of Eammon Fox, Four Roads, Ballymullen, Errill, for a follow-up inspection of a number of dogs being kept at the premises. Observing a dog tangled up in its lead, the ISPCA inspector asked Fox to untie the animal and Fox complied. However, when the inspector said, “Thank you, sir,” Fox took exception and retorted: “Don’t f*cking call me sir.”
Fox struck out and knocked the phone from the inspector’s hand, before he kicked him. The inspector called for the assistance of the dog warden, but Fox continued to throw punches and the inspector and the warden retreated to their van. Fox tore the wing-mirrors off the vehicle and broke the windscreen by punching it. The total damage was €1,973.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted her client’s behaviour had been appalling.
Ms Fitzpatrick said that the ISPCA had visited the home on July 8 in relation to straying dogs. At that time the ISPCA had dealt with Fox’s wife and they told her they would return for a follow-up visit, but she understood they would contact her before arriving. On August 12 Mrs Fox was not home when the inspector and the dog warden arrived. Fox, who had been drinking as it was his deceased mother’s birthday, was on “immediate alert” when he saw people entering his yard.
“Even so, it was a totally unwarranted attack,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.
Fox was ordered to pay €750 compensation, plus €1,973 damages, to avoid a custodial sentence. He was also fined €250.
The matter was put back to November 1.