JUDGE Geraldine Carthy said at last week’s sitting of Carlow District Court that she was considering a custodial sentence for a man who spat in the face of a female garda. The 21-year-old defendant with an address Carnew, Co Wicklow pleaded guilty to assault at Baltinglass Garda Station.
Sgt Hud Kelly said the defendant was arrested following a public order incident on the night of 26 November 2019 and was brought to the garda station. Sgt Kelly said the defendant was violent and threatening in the station. The member in charge, a female garda, was dealing with the defendant when he spat into her face.
“There was a large amount of spittle and phlegm. The garda had to change uniform before continuing her duty,” Sgt Kelly added.
The court was told that the defendant had 14 previous convictions, including for assault, making a threat to kill or cause serious harm.
Defending solicitor Joe Farrell said he had advised his client that the court would take a “very, very, very” dim view of what had occurred and explained the seriousness of it. “He does not recollect the night,” he said. “He is embarrassed.”
Judge Geraldine Carthy adjourned the case for a probation report, as she was considering a custodial sentence. “Just because he does not remember it, it does not lessen the seriousness of the matter,” she said.
Judge Carthy asked for a victim impact statement to be canvassed and adjourned the case until 21 July next.
Full report in this week’s Nationalist