One-year sentence for Cork man who punched garda in the jaw after arrest

One-year sentence for Cork man who punched garda in the jaw after arrest

A 32-year-old man was sentenced to a one-year jail term yesterday for punching a garda in the jaw at Gurranabraher Garda Station.

Philip Barry, aged 32, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Sergeant John Sheehy gave evidence of the defendant’s assault on Garda Seán Duggan at Gurranabraher Garda Station on November 21, 2018.

Garda Duggan was taking down the details of Philip Barry, who had been arrested and brought to the station.

Barry was roaring and shouting, and reacted violently to gardaí, the court was told.

“He punched Garda Duggan in the jaw,” Sergeant Sheehy said.

Gda Duggan sustained damage to one of his teeth and one of his fingers was also injured in the assault, the court heard.

Allison McCarthy, defence barrister, said Barry had gone off the rails after his mother died, having been out of trouble for a period of about 10 years before that.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed a one-year jail term at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

The sentence will run concurrently with two years that Barry received got earlier this month from another judge for causing extensive damage to a Paddy Power outlet on Cornmarket St in Cork City.

Barry caused €17,500 worth of damage to one of their outlets by smashing a dozen 55-inch TV screens.

He stated during that trial that the bookmaker “destroyed most of my life”.

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