Portarlington man blocked garda

A PORTARLINGTON man threatened a garda and blocked his exit from a house, after the officer questioned him in relation to a tractor which had allegedly been stolen by the man’s son-in-law.

A PORTARLINGTON man threatened a garda and blocked his exit from a house, after the officer questioned him in relation to a tractor which had allegedly been stolen by the man’s son-in-law.

Brian O’Neill, Bishopswood, Port, was charged with obstructing a police officer, at his home on August 23 last year.

Inspector Martin Harrington told the District Court that a garda was making inquiries in the area about a stolen tractor and he called to O’Neill’s house. During the conversation, O’Neill became abusive and threatened the garda, before he blocked the officer as he tried to leave the house.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that the stolen tractor had been on O’Neill’s property and his son-in-law was a suspect. When questioned, O’Neill became defensive and vented his anger at the garda.

“The relationship deteriorated when the allegation was made against his son-in-law,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.

Reminding O’Neill that the gardaí were just trying to do their job, Judge Catherine Staines ordered him to make a €300 donation to the local St Vincent De Paul and the matter was struck out.