Cork man with 101 convictions is jailed for cocaine possession

Cork man with 101 convictions is jailed for cocaine possession

A four-month jail term was imposed on a man for having cocaine in his pocket – a sentence which will run concurrently with a term he is serving for spitting at a garda.

Eddie Keenan pleaded guilty at Cork District Court to having cocaine for his own use.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed the four-month jail term which will run concurrently with a five-month term imposed recently for the assault.

Sergeant John Kelleher said Keenan had 101 previous convictions.

Garda Bryan Flynn saw Keenan acting suspiciously on February 26 2018 at North Ring Road and he carried out a search. 

Keenan had a small bag of white powder in his pocket.

Keenan later admitted that the cocaine found shortly before 2am that morning was for his own use.

The four months will run concurrently with five months in jail which got earlier this month for a spitting assault.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said that a plexiglass screen at Gurranabraher garda station protected the officer but that she was upset by the incident.

Sgt. Davis said the garda asked Eddie Keenan, who had been arrested and taken to the station, to turn towards her. 

When he did so he spat directly at her but there was plexiglass between them which protected her.

“Asked if he had Covid-19 symptoms he refused to answer,” Sgt. Davis said.

The accused pleaded guilty to assaulting and obstructing the garda and other charges arising out of the incident on which he was initially arrested.

35-year-old Eddie Keenan of 22 St John’s Square, Blackpool, Cork, said during that sentencing hearing, through solicitor, Shane Collins-Daly, “Under no circumstances did he intend to spit at the guard but it may have happened inadvertently when he was shouting at the guard. 

"He did not mean it. He wished to apologise to the garda. 

"He behaved badly on the night. He felt somewhat aggrieved the guards found it necessary to speak with him at all.”

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