A mix of spit and blood was spat at gardaí in altercation outside city centre McDonald's 

A mix of spit and blood was spat at gardaí in altercation outside city centre McDonald's 

A MIXTURE of spit and blood was spat at gardaí by a young man involved in an altercation outside McDonald’s in Cork city and today he was given a four-month jail term for that and two other outbursts.

Sergeant John Kelleher outlined details of the three public order incidents involving Stephen O’Flaherty, aged 24, with addresses at St John’s Terrace, Old Youghal Road, and Buckley’s Terrace, Boyce’s Street, Gurranabraher.

On December 9, 2018, Garda Gary Brennan was on patrol at Daunt Square at 1.40am when he was flagged down by security staff at McDonald’s. 

Garda Brennan arrived to find Stephen O’Flaherty being held down by security staff outside the premises as he had been attempting to start fights.

While there, Garda Brennan observed him attempt to spit at another man who did not wish to make a complaint.

“As Mr O’Flaherty was released he attempted to kick out at Garda Brennan who observed that his speech was slurred and eyes glazed. Garda Brennan had to restrain Mr O’Flaherty and arrest him,” Sgt. Kelleher said.

O’Flaherty was charged with engaging in threatening behaviour and being intoxicated and a source of danger on that occasion.

He faced the same two charges arising out of two other incidents also.

At 4.25am on January 17 this year the gardaí were attending to another matter. He became threatening and abusive while in a drunken condition at Lower Friars Walk, Ballyphehane, and then made an attempt to run away but was arrested.

On March 23, gardaí found him outside McDonald’s on Winthrop Street where security staff were holding him on the ground.

It was alleged that they intervened when he attempted to assault a woman and he then ran at gardaí to attack them.

“While on the ground he spat a mixture of spit and blood and was shouting aggressively,” Sgt Kelleher said.

Mahon Corkery, defence barrister, said, “He has an excellent work history. He recognises that things have come to a head. He has difficulties with his partner that he trying to resolve. He is asking for leniency.

“Alcohol is the root cause of his difficulties. He intends to engage with Alcoholics Anonymous to deal with that.” 

Judge Kelleher imposed two-month jail terms on the threatening charges and made the two of those terms consecutive.

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