‘Sackcloth and ashes’ man convicted after abusing Gardaí

May 26, 2021

A MAN who launched a tirade of obscenities at Gardaí after his vehicle was seized has been convicted.

Terence McGill’s Suzuki jeep was seized by Gardaí who detected the accused driving without insurance on June 22, 2018,

McGill (30) of Chapel View, Kilmacrennan, was before Letterkenny District Court in connection with the incident.

McGill was charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour in a public place. He was further charged with failing to comply with the direction of a member of An Garda Síochána. McGill also faced a charge of disorderly conduct in a public place.

The Court heard that Detective Garda McLoone stopped a Suzuki jeep at 10.30pm at Corradooey, Convoy.

The vehicle was not insured and McGill was informed that it was being seized.

Sgt Jim Collins told the Court that McGill became highly aggressive, shouting a number of obscenities to Det Gda McLoone and Det Gda Connaughton: ‘What’s your problem?’; ‘Have you a problem?’; ‘You fucking do?’; ‘Do what you have to do you cheeky bastard’; ‘’I’ll take the fucking head off you fucking scumbags’.

Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was a father-of-two, who had ‘issues with alcohol and other issues’..

“It was a red mist situation and it just came over him,” Mr Gallagher said, adding that his client wrote a letter to the Gardaí expressing his remorse.

“Was he in sackcloth and ashes?” remarked Judge Alan Mitchell.

“He seems to have an attitude towards Gardaí and that’s worrying.”

In respect of each of the three charges, Judge Mitchell fined McGill €100, giving him six months to pay.

A charge of driving without insurance was adjourned to September 27, 2021.



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