A YOUNG man being stretchered out of a cemetery lashed out at the very people who were helping him and maybe even saving his life.
That was the scenario that emerged in the case against Jonathan Hollywood of Connolly Road, Ballyphehane, Cork, at Cork District Court.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said, “On September 15 at St. Joseph’s cemetery on Tory Top Road, Cork, Jonathan Hollywood was on a stretcher being attended by two ambulance personnel.
“He was shouting, ‘F*** you and f*** your mother.”
“He was hitting out at the ambulance personnel. He kicked out at one member of the ambulance personnel and hit him in the chest. There were members of the Armed Response Unit present and with their assistance and that of the ambulance personnel he was restrained and handcuffed.”
Hollywood pleaded guilty to charges of being drunk and a danger and engaging in threatening behaviour.
Defence solicitor Joseph Cuddigan said the defendant acknowledged that this was a very serious matter, particularly as it related to ambulance personnel, and Hollywood wanted to address the court.
The accused said he had been drinking spirits and taking tablets with friends when he collapsed on top of a grave.
He said his friends told him ambulance personnel took him from the scene by stretcher.
As the gardaí arrived his friends left.
Mr Cuddigan asked the accused, “How did you feel about how you reacted to these men and women who may have saved your life?” He replied, “I felt guilty that I kicked out at ambulance personnel. I felt embarrassed and ashamed.” Judge Olann Kelleher asked what kind of tablets he had taken and he said they were like Xanax.
The defendant said, “I would never attack someone trying to help me.
Mr Cuddigan reminded his client, “If paramedics had not turned up in the graveyard that night you might not be here at all, you might be in the graveyard six feet under.”
Hollywood replied, “I accept that."
Judge Olann Kelleher put penalty back for two months and told the defendant to cooperate with the probation service.