A 26 year old man local man was found in a disorientated state in a field after Gardai came across an abandoned vehicle in the Hackballscross area, Dundalk district court heard last week.
The court was told Enda McKevitt with an address at Proleek, Ravensdale, Dundalk had headbutted a garda and had no memory of how he came to be there, after a night out.
Insp. Martin Beggy said that gardai on mobile patrol found the defendant in a field near where they came across the abandoned vehicle. He said the accused was very drunk and disorientated and physically resisted when an attempt was made to restrain him. He headbutted a Garda to the face and made a second attempt to connect. The court heard the officer suffered a black eye.
The Defence solicitor said his client had been out in a nightclub earlier and the last thing he remembers was being there. He said he doesn’t know how he came to be in a field, nowhere near his home and Gardai felt he was in an hallucinogenic state.
The solicitor added his client and his family feel he was extremely lucky that the gardai came across him “as his safety would have been in jeopardy at 5am in the morning”. He stressed that the accused had exhibited no previous violent attitude to gardai, and his night out had turned into an unmitigated disaster.
Judge Flann Brennan found the facts proven and dismissed the case after the defendant paid e500 to the Garda Benevolent fund, but he said “headbutting is a particularly cowardly form of activity - it’s not unlike kicking”.