Refused to leave Garda station

Dundalk Court heard that a 32 year-old man while out walking his dog dropped into the local Garda Station after midnight on a Saturday night/ Sunday morning to enquire about the investigation of an assault on him.

Fergal Sheehy with addresses at Ashbrooke, Avondale Park and at Drive One, Muirhevnamor, was summonsed for failing to comply with requests to leave the station and being intoxicated.

Mr Sheehy said he couldn’t recall the occasion on June 25 last year as it was that long ago, and didn’t believe he had drink on the night. He denied ringing continuously the bell at the reception.

It was one of three different dates for which he was prosecuted for public order offences and was convicted by Judge Flann Brennan, who stated at Dundalk District Court on Wednesday last he was most unimpressed by the defendant’s evidence.

Judge Brennan said he felt there were something wrong and a delusional quality to the defendant’s evidence. In view of his record he remanded him in custody requesting a psychiatrist report and adjourned sentence for a week. Other similar summonses were struck out.

Garda Christine Reavy said that Mr Sheehy was very aggressive at the station, demanding to know where Gardai were on duty and the location of patrols. He continued to press the bell at the reception desk.

Mr Sheehy acknowledged he was unco-operative and possibly very drunk on April 14th last at Holly Park, Bay Estate when Garda Padraig Reilly responded to a call early in the morning. The Garda said Sheehy was playing football on the road against a wall. He allegedly was knocking on a door.

He was very drunk and swore at the Garda who asked him to leave. Within a few minutes the defendant returned to the area.

Garda Kevin Fitzsimons told the court about a further incident at Holly Park also in the morning at 8.30am.on May 29th. He received a call of a man acting suspiciously. The defendant refused to give his name and address to the Garda.

The Garda said he got a smell of intoxicating liquor from Sheehy who drank from a container. He was abusive and was arrested.

The defendant admitted not giving his name and address. He said he was drinking an energy drink.

Garda Inspector Brendan Cadden said that Sheehy had 15 previous convictions, which included public order offences.




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