A LETTERKENNY man, who urinated at a cell door in a Garda station after calling Gardaí ‘c****’ has been handed a suspended sentence.

Tony Ward, (55), of 50 Ard O’Donnell was before Letterkenny District Court, charged with an assault on a staff member at Letterkenny University Hospital on April 22, 2019; with intoxication and threatening behaviour at LUH; and with criminal damage to the ceiling and floor at Letterkenny Garda Station.

After assaulting a member of staff at LUH, Ward became abusive, referring to female members of staff in the hospital as ‘c****’.

The court heard that Ward continued his aggressive behaviour after being arrested and called Gardaí ‘c****’.

“When taken to Letterkenny Garda Station, he exposed himself and tried to urinate at the hatch,” Sergeant Jim Collins told the court. “He proceeded to urinate at the cell door.”

Solicitor for Ward, Patsy Gallagher, said his client suffers from ‘a disease of loneliness’.

“He can’t believe he did it,” Mr Gallagher said. “He had bene self medicating and had been in contact with an organisation, who he spoke with until assistance came. He has got progressively worse, physically and mentally.”

Judge Paul Kelly said: “The court and the probation services have bent over backwards previously. We have heard this before and now he is back causing trouble for people in the hospital and he broke a peace bond.”

Judge Kelly imposed a fine of €100, giving six months to pay, for the public order offence.

For the assault on the staff member at LUH, Ward was given a two-month sentence, suspended for 12 months on his own bond of €100 and with the condition that he not commit any offence under the non-fatal offences against the person act.


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