Tried to headbutt female garda

A MOUNTMELLICK man who attempted to headbutt a female garda following a drunken fight at a family wedding has been ordered to complete a programme addressing his anti-social behaviour.

A MOUNTMELLICK man who attempted to headbutt a female garda following a drunken fight at a family wedding has been ordered to complete a programme addressing his anti-social behaviour.

Patrick Cawley, aged 28, with an address listed at 1 Derrycloney, Mountmellick, was charged with being intoxicated and using threatening or abusive behaviour in public. The offence was committed at the East End Hotel, Portarlington, on May 30 this year.

Garda Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that gardaí received a call to attend at the hotel following a fight at a wedding. When they arrived they saw a large crowd outside the hotel and the defendant was observed to have his top off and was in a very agitated state.

When the gardaí intervened, Cawley attempted to headbutt a female officer but did not connect. He continued to be abusive and the gardaí had to use incapacitant spray on him. The inspector said that Cawley then ran from the scene and jumped into a waiting vehicle and left.

The court heard that Cawley has 20 previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher explained that his client had been attending his wife’s relative’s wedding and a lot of drink was consumed. As he was preparing to leave an old issue was brought up and Cawley claimed he was jumped and attacked by four people.

“Things disintergrated,” admitted Mr Meagher. “When the gardaí arrived he could have lodged a complaint, but he didn’t deal with it correctly, his anger was up.”

Mr Meagher went on to say that Cawley had fled the scene as he had feared for his own safety at that point.

“He apologies for his behaviour,” said Mr Meagher.

Judge Catherine Staines asked whether Cawley was prepared to attend the Athy Alternative Project, which provides programmes to address anti-social attitudes and behaviours. She also said he must stay off alcohol for Christmas.

Cawley agreed to the judge’s directions and the matter was put back to March 7 next year. The judge said Cawley must provide a completion report from the six-week course in Athy and he must abstain from alcohol.

“If you’re seen drinking, you can be arrested,” warned the judge.

Cawley was released on his own bail of €100.