A Garda used pepper spray to defend himself when he tried to break up a row in Durrow on January 9 last year.
Bryan Gilmartin, of 82 Oakhill, Castlecomer, appeared in court on charges of ‘threatening, abusive behaviour’ and ‘intoxication in a public place’.
Garda Inspector Martin Harrington told the court that Garda Hannon was attending a public order incident in the square at 5pm on the day, when he saw the defendent jump out of the passenger seat of a VW Passat car, run over to a man and begin fighting.
Gda Hannon intervened in the row, but was caught by the shirt by Gilmartin, and had to use his pepper spray.
Defending solicitor Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client “accepted his behaviour was completely out of order”.
“He had been working in his shed, had a few drinks, he acknowledges too many, there was a verbal exchange which escalated. He is now working on a FÁS course in Cork and has written a letter of apology. He has gathered up €300,” she said.
Judge Catherine Staines accepted a donation of €300 to the court poorbox, and applied the probation act.
“Do you accept the Gardaí have better things to do? I am giving you an opportunity on this occasion, but Mr Gilmartin, watch your drinking or stop altogether,” she warned.