Cork Teenager verbally abused Garda who tried to arrest his friend

Cork Teenager verbally abused Garda who tried to arrest his friend

A teenager verbally abused a member of An Garda Síochána and tried to prevent the arrest of his friend during a disturbance at Douglas Village.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the incident occurred on May 25, 2019.

Sgt. Davis said gardaí were in the process of arresting a young man who was involved in a disturbance at Douglas Village East.

Patrick McSweeney intervened and tried to prevent Garda Ian Lester from arresting the other man, Sgt. Davis said.

“He was shouting, ‘F*** off and leave my friend alone.’ 

He was intoxicated and a source of danger to himself or others,” Sgt. Davis said.

Defence solicitor Pat Horan said the 19-year-old defendant was only 18 at the time of the incident. 

Mr Horan said that since that occasion he had gone on to secure a job.

The teenager from 50 Cherry Lawn, Church Road, Blackrock, Cork, pleaded guilty to the public order offences.

Judge Olann Kelleher convicted and fined the young man €200 for engaging in threatening or abusive words or behaviour and €150 for the intoxication charge.

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