A man who head-butted a garda after he went to Dundalk Garda Station to make a complaint, was told last week that he is facing 100 hours community service - or a four month sentence.
Dundalk district court heard Paul Jackson (21) with an address at Mill Road, Dundalk had taken exception to Gardai calling to his home on April 24th last year to investigate a complaint from a neighbour.
Insp. Martin Beggy told the court gardaí received a report from a neighbour of Paul Jackson’s that he had been shouting obscenities at him and when officers called to the home of the accused to talk to him, he became aggressive and told gardaí to F- off.
The court was told when he was asked about allegation the accused replied “I can’t even understand him” and he went on to use racist language.
Insp. Martin Beggy said that Paul Jackson later called to the garda station looking for an apology from the guards for calling to his home, but during the course of a search he began swinging out in the direction of two gardaí and had to be restrained.
He also head-butted one of them - and the court heard while he suffered bruising to his nose the garda did not require medical treatment.
The court was told Paul Jackson had 51 previous convictions including assault causing harm and assaulting a garda.
The Defence solicitor said that the most striking thing was that this happened in April 2013, and his client had been prosecuted for other offences in the interim and had served thos e sentences and argued that the case might well have been taken into account had it been brought at an earlier stage.
He said the accused - whose offending is linked to an alcohol problem, had a troubled upbringing and while reports the court had seen in the past said he was bright, the solicitor said Paul Jackson hasn’t applied himself.
Judge Flann Brennan - who noted the accused had previous for assault, said he was considering a four month sentence or 100 hours community service and adjourned the case until December 3 so a report could be prepared.