29 Jun 2022

Criminal damage accused wracks up €900 cleaning bill for blood-smeared cell at Longford Garda Station

€900 cleaning bill for blood-smeared cell at Longford Garda Station

A man who refused hospital care and proceeded to bleed profusely all over a Garda vehicle and a cell at Longford Garda Station, resulting in a cleaning bill of over €900, has been given a three month suspended prison sentence.

Martin Mongan of 2 Willow Park, Strokestown Road was arrested by Gardaí following allegations that he broke four windows of a property, resulting in a number of cuts to his hands.

Sgt Enda Daly, for the state, explained that Gardaí spoke with the resident of the property, Debbie Stokes, who said the damage was done by her partner, Mr Mongan.

When Gardaí spoke to Mr Mongan, they found him to be bleeding profusely and an ambulance was called to assess his injuries. However, Mr Mongan became abusive and refused to go to hospital in the ambulance.

He was arrested and conveyed to Longford Garda Station. When Gardaí opened the rear door of the Garda van, they discovered Mr Mongan had removed the bandage from his arm and told Gardaí he needed to go to hospital. He continued to be abusive towards Gardaí, the court heard, and he had to be physically escorted to the cell while an ambulance was called.

When Gardaí returned to the cell, they found it to be smeared with blood. The Garda transit van was also smeared with blood and all was declared to be hazardous, wracking up a cleaning bill of €908.

Solicitor for the defence, Bríd Mimnagh, said her client “acknowledges that he was very intoxicated” and told the court that Mr Mongan had a “particularly difficult time” over the last two years with the loss of his baby daughter after her birth.

“He has four kids and is now expecting another baby. His partner has been very fair,” said Ms Mimnagh.

“He says the bandage on his arm came off and, due to his intoxicated state, he couldn’t keep it on and he was bleeding profusely. He had to get 18 stitches.

“He wants to apologise to the Gardaí. He’s on social welfare and he has given up the drink. He wants to be a good example to his children and has committed no offences since that date.”

Judge Owens noted that Mr Mongan pleaded guilty to the offence and said that he is “to get credit for that plea”.

Two other things “to his credit”, she said, were the fact that Mr Mongan’s last conviction was in 2019, and that Sgt Daly had acknowledged that the accused has not come to the attention of Gardaí since this incident.

“But it is a very serious matter,” she affirmed.

Mr Mongan was sentenced to three months in prison for one of two criminal damage charges, but Judge Owens suspended that sentence for a period of 12 months on his own bond, subject to the payment of €500 to a charity of Sgt Daly’s choice.

“I’m ordering that he pay €500 by way of charitable donation to St Christopher’s Services, to be paid on or before December 1, 2022,” she said.

All other matters were taken into consideration.

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