Man thumped and kicked
female Garda

A 19 year old man who injured gardai when they were executing a bench warrant, was sentenced to 10 months at Dundalk district court last week.

A 19 year old man who injured gardai when they were executing a bench warrant, was sentenced to 10 months at Dundalk district court last week.

The court heard Michael Murden with an address at Ashling Park, Dundalk also injured a prison officer while he was being escorted to a prison van after a court appearance.

Insp. Martin Beggy told the court that the accused severely resisted - and lashed and kicked out at gardai, who were trying to execute a bench warrant on the Castletown Road, Dundalk on the 27th of February last.

He said Michael Murden thumped and kicked one female officer and also damaged the ligament in the knuckle of the hand of another.

The court heard a third garda involved, did not require medical treatment.

Insp. Beggy said back at Dundalk garda station, the accused assaulted one of the female officers again while he was being conveyed to a cell.

The court was told the garda’s back was sore and she had kidney difficulties but is now back at work on light duties.

In the second incident on the third of October last, outside Dundalk courthouse, as Michael Murden was being brought to the prison van he refused to be searched after he was thought to be concealing something.

The prison officer was treated for minor grazing to his hands following the incident.The court heard the accused has a number of previous convictions and is serving a nine month sentence that was imposed the previous week.

The Defence said his client was highly agitated and felt he was entitled to resist but he added what Michael Murden did “was inexcusable” and he apologised for his actions.