Suspended sentence and road ban for Cork man who drove at Garda twice

Suspended sentence and road ban for Cork man who drove at Garda twice

AN off-duty garda had to jump out of the way in a car park by his home when a motorist twice drove at him deliberately.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said Kevin Leahy was a risk on the road and he disqualified him from driving for the next five years.

At Cork Circuit Criminal Court, Sergeant Stephen Murphy said the endangerment, and related offences, occurred on March 21, 2019.

Garda Kieran Glynn, who was off duty, drove into the residential car park for South Quay, The Maltings, in Ballinacurra, Midleton, County Cork.

The parking of Kevin Leahy of 33 Oak Park, Castleredmond, Midleton, was blocking access and Garda Glynn asked him to move his car.

Garda Glynn identified himself to Leahy as a garda.

“Kevin Leahy shouted at Garda Glynn and drove his car at Garda Glynn’s car, causing €350 in damage.

“He revved his engine and did a take-off skid as he drove at him, forcing Garda Glynn to jump out of the way,” Sgt Murphy said.

The accused then repeated this same manoeuvre. The 46-year-old had no licence or insurance.

Patrick O’Riordan, defence barrister, said the accused suffered from anxiety and had dependency issues.

He paid for the damage to the guard’s car and apologised for his behaviour. Mr O’Riordan said the defendant had a history of treatment for mental health issues and was living a solitary life.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said, “Like a lot of people with mental health difficulties, he is treated with care in the community: no care, no community.”

The judge said the defendant’s local doctor had a good handle on the defendant’s condition, but that Leahy needed supervision and structure in his life.

A two-year suspended jail term was imposed on the endangerment and dangerous driving and a five-year disqualification from driving.

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