Man jailed for punching Cork garda in the jaw

Man jailed for punching Cork garda in the jaw
Gurranabraher Garda Station 

A 32-YEAR-OLD man was given a one-year jail term 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 station on November 21, 2018.

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

Barry was roaring and shouting and reacted violently to gardaí.

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

Garda Duggan sustained damage to one of his teeth and one of his fingers was also injured.

Allison McCarthy, defence barrister, said the young man went off the rails after his mother died, having been out of trouble for about ten years before that.

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

It will run concurrently with two years he got earlier this month from another judge for causing extensive damage at Paddy Power on Cornmarket Street.

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

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