Man who attacked two Gardai in Dunfanaghy appears in court

January 18, 2022

A man has appeared in court charged with assaulting Gardai following an incident at Horn head, Dunafanaghy last summer.

Shay Potter, aged 47 years, appeared before Letterkenny District Court where he was charged ion connection with a number of incidents on July 21st last year.

Potter, of Horn head, Dunfanaghy, is accused of assaulting Garda Patrick Kelly on the date in question.

He is also accused of obstructing Garda Mark McHugh as well as assaulting him causing him harm in the course of his duty.

He faces a further charge of driving without insurance on the date in question and also leaving the scene of an incident.

Potter is also charge with refusing to give a sample or urine to a designated nurse at Milford Garda station.

Garda Sgt Jim Collins told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions had ordered Potter’s case could be heard summarily at the District Court.

However, Judge Alan Mitchell asked as to the nature of the injuries caused to the Gardai.

He was told that one of the Gardai had received a bite and the other had received a cut above his eye.

Both had returned to work afterwards and had not complained of any long-term damage.

Potter’s solicitor Mr Patsy Gallagher said he was not aware of any further complaints from Gardai.

Judge Mitchell adjourned the case to March 16th for a plea or a date for a hearing of the case.