Man dislocated garda's finger in Longford scuffle

Liam Cosgrove

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Man dislocated garda's finger in Longford scuffle

Man dislocated garda's finger in Longford scuffle

A man who dislocated the finger of a garda during an altercation following a late night party has been told to return to court next month with compensation money.

Shane Kelly, 47 Padraic Colum Heights, Longford was ordered to come up with the money following an incident at Farnagh, Longford on October 27, 2018. Sgt Paddy McGirl said gardaí had been called to the scene of an incident in the area concerning reports that a door had been kicked in.

During the course of those enquiries, officers came across Mr Kelly, he said, who was both intoxicated and abusive. A short time later Mr Kelly was seen running from the premises, causing gardaí to give chase on foot. Sgt McGirl said that, in the ensuing struggle, a garda sustained an injury to his finger which resulted in him being off work for a period of time.

Mr Kelly was arrested a short time later and brought to Longford Garda Station. In defence, John Quinn said Mr Kelly had not been involved in the incident which had initially caused gardaí to be in the area. He added that Mr Kelly was drunk at the time and was remorseful over what had occurred.

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Mr Quinn said his client and alcohol were “not a good mix” as Judge Hughes called on Mr Kelly to apologise to the court.

Not satisfied with the tone of Mr Kelly’s apology, Judge Hughes said: “You say it with such sincerity.”

Mr Quinn said before passing judgement on the case, he asked for his client to be given some time to amass compensation money.

“You can start at €10,000 and work your way backwards,” Judge Hughes quipped.

The case was adjourned to a sitting of Longford District Court on May 7, 2019.