Gardai pepper spray ex accountant after failed punch attempt
A FORMER accountant and IT systems analyst went to hit a garda with a closed fist after patrons at a theatre complained a man was drunk and causing trouble.
Des Leavy (50) was very aggressive and agitated when gardai spoke to him, and he resisted arrest.
A garda said he was forced to use his pepper spray to arrest Leavy.
Tallaght District Court heard Leavy was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder a few years ago and has been battling a problem with alcohol.
Judge Patricia McNamara praised Leavy, who is now sober, for his progress so far and ordered him to enter into a 12-month probation bond.
The defendant admitted to threatening and abusive behaviour at Belgard Square North in Tallaght on April 1 last.
Garda Thomas Corcoran said gardai were called to the Civic Theatre following reports of a drunk and aggressive male.
Gda Corcoran said security staff told gardai that Leavy was causing trouble for patrons outside the establishment.
The garda said he saw a large male stumbling towards him and he asked him for his name, but Leavy became verbally threatening and abusive, and he resisted arrest, attempting to hit him with a closed fist.
The court heard the defendant, with addresses at Redwood Court in Kilnamanagh and Windy Acre, Carne, Rosslare, Co Wexford, has 15 previous convictions.
Defence lawyer George Burns said Leavy's keyworker was in court to support him.
The court had heard Leavy is a qualified accountant and worked as an IT systems analyst prior to having a breakdown in 2008.
Mr Burns said Leavy was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and has also had a problem with alcohol. He has completed a residential treatment course, is no longer drinking and hasn't been in trouble since this incident.
Mr Burns also said Leavy is on medication for his condition, and is linking in well with the support services.