A man who caused considerable damage to a cell at Granard Garda Station after being arrested was ordered to return before the court on October 21 with compensation.
Gerard Mooney of 51 Castlehill, Castlerea, Co Roscommon came before Judge Seamus Hughes at the September sitting of Granard District Court charged with public intoxication, threatening abusive and insulting words or behaviour and failure to comply at Tinnynar, Mostrim, Co Longford on September 12, 2015.
He was further charged with criminal damage, failure to comply and the use of threatening, abusive and insulting words and behaviour at Granard Garda Station on the same date.
Prosecuting Garda, Garda Carr, said that at approximately 11:15pm on the date in question, Gardaí were on patrol at Tinnynar, Edgeworthstown, a townland outside the main Longford - Edgeworthstown Road - when a man walked out in front of the car. The patrol car had to swerve to avoid the man.
When asked to leave the area, Mr Mooney refused to do so and became aggressive. He was subsequently arrested and on the way to the Garda station, his aggression continued in the car.
On arrival to Granard Garda Station, Mr Mooney was brought down to the cell area where he caused damage to the tune of more than €1,200.
Although Mr Mooney had been searched, he had somehow managed to get a lighter into the cell. He caused damage to the cell mattress by setting it alight and also used the lighter to melt glass on the cell window. He also damaged the wall by scraping his handcuffs off them.
Solicitor for the accused, Ms Fiona Baxter, said her client apologised for his actions, and he had brought €365 into court by way of compensation.
“At the time he was of no fixed abode, but his brother has taken him in,” Ms Baxter added. It was also revealed that the father-of-three bought and sold cars to make money.
Judge Hughes then ordered that Mr Mooney return to court on October 21 with the balance of the compensation - €856 - before the matter will be finalised.