Suspended sentence for assault on garda

A MAN received a five-month suspended sentence at Kilkenny District Court last week for an assault at the Kilkenny Garda Station in December 2010.

A MAN received a five-month suspended sentence at Kilkenny District Court last week for an assault at the Kilkenny Garda Station in December 2010.

The court heard that Denis Clowry of 37 The Orchard, Old Golf Links Road, Kilkenny had been brought to the garda station on December 20, 2010 for questioning about an incident on Rose Inn Street that night.

When he was being release from the station, he became “abusive” towards a garda and “lashed out and struck him in the face,” the court was told.

Clowry’s solicitor, Michael Lanigan, told the court: “On the night in question, (the defendant) reacted to a situation on the street where he had witnessed a man hit a woman, and he identified all of that to the gardaí. He had taken umbrage at what he had seen happen and he had intervened, and admitted to the gardaí that when this person had gone to hit him, he got his retaliation in first.”

“He went to the garda station and it has to be said he was upset at the idea that he was the one who had ended up at the station,” Mr Lanigan said. “He had a few drinks taken and his head wasn’t as clear as it should have been.”

On the way out of the station as the defendant was being released, he engaged in a verbal exchange with a garda, the court heard.

“He pushed Garda Clifford away, which was a nonsensical thing to do as it was witnessed by three members of An Garda Síochána,” Mr Lanigan said. And with the defendant “having got some further expletives off his chest,” the gardaí thought the best thing to do was to get him out of the station, and he went home.

The court heard that the 25-year-old is currently serving a sentence and is due for release in June.

“He would recognise that he perhaps has anger issues to deal with,” Mr Lanigan said.

Judge John Lindsay sentenced the defendant to a five-month suspended sentence and probation bond of €300.