Garda was racially abused in Cork city centre; man jailed for two months

Garda was racially abused in Cork city centre; man jailed for two months

A MEMBER of An Garda Síochána was racially abused by a man who has now been jailed for two months for the outburst.

The abusive man also smashed glass bottles on the ground in front of the guard during the aggressive incident.

Sergeant John Kelleher said Garda Xiao Ma was on duty in Cork city centre when Paul McCarthy verbally abused him.

McCarthy shouted, “Here comes the ‘chink’, f*** off back to China.” Sgt. Kelleher said, “He took out three bottles and smashed them one by one in front of Garda Ma.” Garda Ma told Paul McCarthy he was going to be arrested for being drunk and a danger and engaging in threatening behaviour.

The guard told McCarthy, 48, who was living at the Simon Community in Cork, to put his hands behind his back but the defendant failed to comply and became more aggressive.

Pepper spray was deployed by Garda Ma and the defendant was then placed in custody.

Sgt. Kelleher said the accused had 143 previous convictions.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed the two-month sentence.

Defence solicitor, Michael Quinlan, said the defendant pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. The incident occurred on April 1.

This sentence will run concurrently with a term of three years imposed recently on McCarthy for jabbing a broken bottle repeatedly into another man’s face in Cork city.

Garda Shane Coakley who investigated the assault said that after the victim was stabbed ten times in the face he fell to the ground and that McCarthy then stabbed him another five times.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed the jail term on 48-year-old Paul McCarthy at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

McCarthy pleaded guilty to the charge of assault causing harm to the victim.

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