A FAIRHILL man who verbally abused a Blarney garda as a bald f***er told a court today he had no problem with baldness and said he was bald himself.
William O’Brien of Hillcrest, The Commons, Upper Fahrhill, Cork, pleaded guilty to the charges of being drunk and a danger and engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said gardaí went to Blarney village after 10pm on September 18 and found O’Brien, aged 33, and another man in an intoxicated condition at the entrance to Blarney Woollen Mills.
As one of the guards was trying to get details of his name and address, O’Brien shouted, “Don’t mind you ya bald f***er. You and me, I’ll fight you now. You’re not man enough for me ya bastard.”
When Sgt. Davis outlined these comments from the garda file on the case, Judge Olann Kelleher asked O’Brien, “What is your problem with being bald?”
O’Brien shook his head and said he had no problem with baldness.
The defendant then added, “I am bald myself.”
Eddie Burke, solicitor, said the defendant should not have been drinking as he had a medical condition. He said the accused was pleading guilty to the charges at the earliest opportunity.
Judge Kelleher imposed fines of €100 and €200 on the accused being drunk and threatening, respectively.
Jimmy O’Reilly of 14 Fairfield Lawn, Fairfield Meadows, Upper Fairhill, was given a €300 fine and two-month suspended sentence on the same charges but he had more previous convictions.
When gardaí approached the two men, Mr O’Reilly, aged 31, said, “Would you ever go away and f*** off” and said this a total of three times.
Mr Burke said that O’Reilly also apologised for his behaviour on the night.