Drunk, pepper sprayed man spat at Gardaí

Gardai who were called to a Carlingford licensed premises when a local man was refused entry had to use pepper spray.

Gardai who were called to a Carlingford licensed premises when a local man was refused entry had to use pepper spray.

The man then spat at a Garda when being driven to the Garda Station.

Emmet Grogan (28), Muchgrange, Greenore was ordered to do 150 hours community service in lieu of four months jail when he pleaded guilty to charges of assault, being drunk and threatening abusive and insulting behaviour on the occasion.

Dundalk Court heard that he recently came out of a long term relationship which caused him to take refuge in alcohol.

He was deeply ashamed of his behaviour and tendered €200 to the court as a token of his remorse.

Garda Inspector Martin Beggy said the incident occurred on July 2nd at O’Hare’s licensed premises when the defendant tried to gain admission and there was a dispute.

He couldn’t hold himself up when Gardai arrived and became very difficult and they had to arrest him, the court heard.

The defendant had 15 previous convictions, which included public order offences.

His solicitor Niall Lavery said the defendant accepted when refused entry he behaved in appalling fashion. It was very much a drunken incident that got out of control.

He was genuinely sorry for what had happened.