10 Aug 2022

Stradbally man fined for not making donation


Stradbally man fined for not making donation

A Stradbally man who attempted to spit on the gardaí has been convicted and fined after failing to make a donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

Before the district court was Joseph Bland, with an address at No.12, Oakglen, Stradbally.

When the case first came before the court in June, Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on May 26 last, at 1.40am, the gardaí encountered the accused at Oakglen, Stradbally, in a very aggressive state.

Sgt Kirby said the accused attempted to spit on the gardaí twice, but he didn’t manage to spit on them.

The accused had no previous convictions.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client had a limited recollection of the incident.

He drank spirits on the night, which did not agree with him, she said.

The case was adjourned in June, with Judge Fiona Lydon directing the accused to donate €400 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

If paid, the judge said the accused would received the benefit of the probation act.

When the case returned to court last week, Ms Fitzpatrick said her client was not present.

In that event, Judge Catherine Staines convicted and fined the accused €400.

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