Judge Seamus Hughes.
A Polish man who kicked a garda patrol car during an early morning drink fuelled incident in Granard has been warned to have “very deep pockets” when the case returns before the District Court next year.
Patrick Prusak (30) of 27 Cnoc Na Greine, Granard pleaded guilty at a recent sitting of Longford District Court to damaging the wing mirror of a garda patrol car on October 14 2018 at Main Street, Gramard contrary to Section 2 of the Criminal Damage Act 1991.
Sgt Paddy McGirl said gardaí had been alerted to an incident at around 4:15am.
He said three individuals had been sighted leaving a pub in an “extremely intoxicated” state.
Once outside and when gardaí arrived, Sgt McGirl said the atmosphere took on a more abusive and aggressive tone which ultimately led the accused to kick out at the wing mirror of a parked garda patrol car.
Sgt McGirl said despite Mr Prusak’s outburst, no damage was caused to the vehicle prior to his arrest and transferral to Granard Garda Station.
Defending, solicitor Bríd Mimnagh said her client had been residing in Ireland for the past two years and went to try and apologise for his actions the next day.
She also read from a note which Mr Prusak had penned which revealed how the incident had unfolded after he had attended a friend’s party.
“I’m sorry, so sorry,” read the note.
“I would like to apologise, I have never been in court before.”
When the discussion turned towards what monetary reimbursement might be proffered to the court on behalf of the accused, Ms Mimnagh said her client was presently employed in local firm Pat the Baker’s and took home €345 a week.
She also added he was a father of two children and was soon expected to become a parent for a third time.
Notwithstanding those admissions, Judge Hughes took a more hostile view, commenting: “He has a great time in Granard, being able to saunter home at 4:15am in the morning. He has plenty of money.”
The judge also called into question Mr Prusak’s actions on the night as he ruled out the prospect of an adjournment until January when it was intimated the defendant would be in a position to hand in €500.
“It shows you the level of respect he had for our Irish police force,” raged Judge Hughes.
“His pockets will have to be very deep.
“He has plenty of friends (to borrow money from) and can pay them back at his leisure.”
“I don’t have the patience to wait as long as you can,” he told Ms Mimnagh, as he warned Mr Prusak he would be looking for “at least double” the €500 which had been suggested earlier.
“He will have to have €1,000 in February, otherwise he will go to prison,” Judge Hughes maintained.
The case is expected to resume on February 15 2019, with the €1,000 in compensation earmarked for Granard Gardaí’s Social Fund.