Mountrath man’s charity contribution for garda bite

A Mountrath man who aimed to bite a garda as he was being jailed for roaring and screaming abuse has had a jail sentence appealed after paying an overall of EUR1,500 to a regional charity.Patrick McDonnell, Mountrath, was a traveler in a car that was stopped at a multi-agency checkpoint in Clonenagh, Mountrath, on October 30, 2015.

As Garda Darrell Rigney was speaking to the driver, the front seat guest, Patrick McDonnell started shouting and roaring abuse at him, stating “who the f ** k do you believe you are”.

The appellant got out of the vehicle shouting and roaring and started strolling in and out of traffic yelling abuse. He continued to shout abuse, informing Garda Rigney to “f ** k off” and he was “just a scumbag”.

Garda Rigney required assistance and McDonnell was apprehended. As Garda Rigney was attempting to limit him and handcuff him, McDonnell attempted to bite the garda’s hand.McDonnell had 12

previous convictions.He was given one month in jail in the district court for this offence, but he appealed this sentence before Judge Keenan Johnson at the circuit court in July, 2016. At that court, Judge

Johnson described the offense as”pure gougerism “and increased the prison sentence to two months, however suspended it for two years on condition McDonnell keep the peace for 2 years, and contribute EUR1,500 to a regional charity. The judge likewise imposed 240 hours’community service.Following a number of adjournments, the implicated paid a total

of EUR700, and was found unsuitable for neighborhood service.When the case returned to the circuit court last week, lawyer, Ms Louise Troy stated her customer had EUR800 in court. The cash was directed to go to the Laois Offaly Families For Autism.Judge Keenan Johnson suspended the jail sentence for two years, on condition the implicated enter into a peace bond of EUR500.