Court - Two men involved in garda assault jailed for refusing to pay compensation


Two foreign nationals convicted of their part in a disturbance in Portlaoise’s Top Square in which a garda was assaulted have been given jail time, after they refused to pay compensation and complete community service.

The incident took place on January 17 this year, outside a nightclub in Top Square, Portlaoise, and involved a number of accused and plainclothes gardaí.

Arising from the incident, Mark Gonda, 44 The Haven, Roscrea, was charged with assault, and threatening or abusive behaviour.

Attila Szabo,20 Ard Erin, Mountrath, was charged with threatening behaviour.

Both men contested the charge and this case was put back to September.

At the hearing, both men were convicted, and were told to pay compensation and do community service.

However when the case returned to court last week, the court heard that both men were refusing to pay compensation and refusing to do the community service.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed one month in prison on both men, with recognisance fixed in the event of an appeal.

A third accused, Norbert Orsos (35), previously pleaded guilty to threatening or abusive behaviour, and assault. He received the probation act on both charges back in April.