A Portlaoise boxer with dreams of making it to the Olympics became so aggressive when his car was being seized that he punched the vehicle’s door causing it to swing back and strike a member of the gardaí.
Arising from the incident, Michael Nevin, 5 Greenview, Portlaoise, was last week charged with threatening behaviour, no road tax, no NCT, non display of disc, no L plates displayed, and being an unaccompanied learner driver.
The offences were committed at the Campus Oil Filling Station, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, on February 15 this year.
Garda Sgt Martin Delaney gave evidence that as the car was being seized on the day, Nevin became aggressive and punched the car door, causing it to fly back and hit a garda on the leg.
Nevin had two previous convictions.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said Nevin had been reckless, and it was an accident that he had struck the garda.
Sgt Delaney concurred with defence, saying he did not believe Nevin intended to strike the garda.
Mr Meagher went on to say that Nevin’s passion is boxing, and Judge Catherine Staines noted that Nevin hopes to make it to the Olympics.
Nevin was fined €200 for no tax, €150 for no NCT, and €100 for no L plates. The other matters were taken into consideration.