Man with ‘remarkable catalogue of offences’ fined after verbal attack on neighbours

April 6, 2018

A Letterkenny man has been fined after firing a volley of abuse at members of the public.

Gardai were called to Long Lane on June 6, 2017, after reports of youths throwing stones.

William Reilly approached Gardai and said he’d ‘solve the problem’.

Letterkenny District Court heard that Reilly came onto the road and ‘starting insulting members of the public in a threatening manner’.

Inspector Barry Doyle told the court that Reilly began shouting ‘rat’, ‘whore’ and ‘f****** tramp’ to bystanders.

Garda Hynes asked Reilly to desist, but the accused continued being abusive and was subsequently arrested.

Defending solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said that Reilly, who has 38 previous convictions, was ‘known to us all for the wrong reasons’.

Reilly was subject to a curfew at the time of the incident.

“He was in bed observing the curfew and Gardai were called to a disturbance not involving him,” Mr Gallagher said.

“He came from his own house and was interacting normally. Third parties, who may have been subject to certain toxins, were causing the disturbance. His words and actions were directed at those third parties, not to the Gardai.

“Mr Reilly lost the head. He was sober and none of the abuse was directed to the Gardai.”

Reilly is currently in custody and due for release on July 7.

Judge Paul Kelly said that Reilly had a ‘remarkable catalogue of offences’ and fined him €250.


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