A bench warrant has been issued for a Castlefin man who flicked a lit cigarette into the face of a Garda.

Harper failed to appear at Letterkenny District Court.

Harper failed to appear at Letterkenny District Court.

Damien Harper was due to appear before Letterkenny District Court to answer public order charges yesterday.

However Harper, 43, of The Red House, The Diamond, Castlefin, failed to appear.

The court was told that Harper threatened to “take out” Gardai at Crossroads, Killygordon when approached.

He began using hand signals to Gardai, called them ‘pig f****’ and refused to leave the area.

He then threw a lit cigarette at Gardai and hit one of them in the face before being arrested.

Solicitor Kieran O’Gorman said his client was highly intoxicated on the night in question.

Judge Paul Kelly issued a bench warrant for Harper, who has seven previous convictions after he failed to appear.




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