Damaged patrol car because he was not arrested

A man who damaged a patrol car parked outside the local garda station, because he was angry at not being arrested so he could go into custody to get help for his drug addiction, was sentenced to six months at Dundalk district court last week.

A man who damaged a patrol car parked outside the local garda station, because he was angry at not being arrested so he could go into custody to get help for his drug addiction, was sentenced to six months at Dundalk district court last week.

The court was told Míchael Mallon with an address at Glenmore Park, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk had not been found suitable to perform community service.

The 24 year old was also sentenced for possessing offensive weapons after he went to the Garda Station on a separate occasion, to hand in a machete and a hammer.

The court had previously heard the accused arrived at Dundalk Garda Station on March 6th last carrying a black Puma sports bag.

He told officers it contained a Machete and a hammer and handed it over to them when asked.

The court further heard that as he left the Garda Station on May 7th, Míchael Mallon bent over the bonnet of a patrol car in the car park causing almost €800 in damage.

At the original hearing, the Defence solicitor explained that his client had presented himself in relation to an outstanding bench warrant and knew he should not have been in possession of the offensive weapons and wished to hand them in.

He said the accused had wanted to be taken into custody to get help for his addiction, in relation to the second incident and he was intoxicated at the time and became angry.

After he was told the defendant was on a methadone programme and in much better condition Judge Flann Brennan put back the case and remanded the accused on continuing bail, so his suitability could be assessed for community service as he said he was c onsidering 200 hours instead of a six month sentence.

However, the court heard last Wednesday that he was not found suitable and was anxious that he be imprisoned to give him the opportunity to deal with his addiction.

Judge Flann Brennan said he had no option but to impose the jail terms but he said he would direct that he receive treatment for his heroin addiction.