A MAN who attempted to strike a Garda with a glass tumbler and spat in the face of another has been jailed.
Brendan O’Neill (31), with an address at Lawnsdale, Ballybofey, was before Letterkenny District Court this week.
O’Neill, who has 54 previous convictions, appeared via video link from Midlands Prison.
Sgt Collins told the court that on Match 17, 2016, Gardaí responded to reports of a house party with loud noise at Coill An Aigead, Ballybofey. When Gardaí attended, a number of people were present on the footpath.
O’Neill presented himself wielding a glass tumbler and confronted Gardai. Sgt Collins said the accused was ‘aggressive and argumentative’ and attempted to strike Sgt Lynch with the glass.
O’Neill was arrested and continued being violent in the Garda van.
In a search of the accused, Gardaí located a sharply-pointed blade in his trouser pocket. O’Neill kicked out at Garda Dunne and spat in his face.
O’Neill was also before the court on motoring charges following an incident at Trusk Road, Ballybofey, on April 6, 2016.
Solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was addicted to cocaine at the time of these incidents.
“He sought help and he got help,” Mr Gallagher said. “He is anxious to put all matters behind him.”
Judge Deirdre Gearty sentenced O’Neill to four months imprisonment.
“He comes before the court with a colourful history,” Judge Gearty said.
For driving without insurance, O’Neill was fined €500 and disqualified from driving for two years.Tags: