Wexford man ‘used foul words’ to garda
after being stopped on suspicion of robbery

A Wexford man who was abusive toward the gardaí after the vehicle he was in was stopped under suspicion of its involvement in a robbery last week made a charitable donation to avoid a criminal conviction.

A Wexford man who was abusive toward the gardaí after the vehicle he was in was stopped under suspicion of its involvement in a robbery last week made a charitable donation to avoid a criminal conviction.

Before the district court in Portlaoise was William Goggins, of 1 Gaislean Maol, Wexford, charged with threatening or abusive behaviour at Aughnaharna, Stradbally, on July 31 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that gardaí responded to a call of a vehicle acting suspiciously in the area. They stopped a vehicle in which Goggins was a passenger, and he became abusive towards the gardaí.

Defence, Ms Elaine Dunne said her client apologised for his behaviour and “deeply regrets” the language he used on the day.

“He felt personally offended that he may have been under suspicion for the alleged robbery,” said Ms Dunne. “He admits there were words between himself and the garda.”

Ms Dunne said that Goggins had been leaning against the back of the garda car when the car moved slightly, and as he needed it for support he “used foul words” in that moment.

Ms Dunne concluded by saying that Goggins was willing to make a donation to the court poor box.

Judge Paul Kelly ordered him to pay €100 and the matter was struck out.