Man out jogging at 5am with no shoes attacked Gardai when arrested

November 21, 2022

A man who was out jogging at 5.20am with no shoes on attacked Gardai when they stopped him.

Paddy McConigley appeared at Letterkenny District Court following the incident at Ballymagowan Lower, Kerrykeel on October 14th last year.

The court was told that Gardai were out on patrol when they spotted McConigley out jogging in the early hours of the morning.

He was wearing dark clothing, had no shoes on and was drunk.

Gardai attempted to get him into the patrol car but after initially refusing he eventually got into the car.

However, while in the car he was told to put on his seatbelt but refused.

He became abusive and when Gardai tried to put on his seatbelt one of the Gardai received a number of blows while McConigley also called them a number of abusive names.

Solicitor for the accused of Lagboy, Tamney, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was 24 years old and had planned to go to Australia.

He was accompanied to court by his parents and his brother while the court was told he had no previous convictions.

Mr Gallagher said McConigley said his client was deeply remorseful and had apologised to Gardai as soon as he realised what had happened.

He added that his client normally does not drink but was at a party earlier and ended up in a drunken stupor.

“He made one mistake in his life and this could have dire consequences for him,” added Mr Gallagher.

He asked Judge Cunningham if she would consider addressing the matter by way of a donation to the court.

Judge Cunningham reminded Mr Gallagher that his client may well have issues entering Australia or several other countries if convicted.

She adjourned the case until December 5th and asked Mr Gallagher to address the court on the issue again if “certain steps have been taken.”