A three-year jail term was imposed on a man who assaulted two gardaí and struck their patrol car with an iron bar.
“This fellas thinks he is above the law,” Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said.
24-year-old Tony Delaney of Bay 5 Spring Lane halting site pleaded guilty to assaulting two members of An Garda Síochána, damaging a garda car and producing an iron bar during the incident.
Delaney was sentenced to a total of three years at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Delaney was arraigned on charges of assaulting Garda Michelle Conway and Garda Niamh O’Shea in the course of their duty on February 8 2019 at Spring Lane halting site.
He admitted those assaults and also pleaded guilty to carrying an iron bar and damaging a Garda patrol car.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin was told that the incident happened when gardaí informed him they intended seizing his car because he did not have the required documentation on the car.
Delaney reacted by trying to drive his car away. He punched Garda Conway on the arm, elbow and shoulder.
The gardaí managed to get Delaney out of the car and call for assistance.
The defendant hit the patrol car a number of times with an iron bar.
The two guards made a full recovery and did not require medical attention.
Defence barrister Paula McCarthy said, “He hopes to get treatment to get back on track. He is remorseful. He has no excuses for what he did.
Judge Ó Donnabháin said, “I think this is outrageous behaviour. This fella thinks he is above the law and he can go away and do what he likes.
“Most fellas in his situation would want to stay away from the guards as far and as long as possible. Not alone does he assault the guard but he attacks the car with an iron bar. It is well beyond what is acceptable.”