Judge tells 'scourge' of town who called garda a "pig b*****d" to 'cop on'

The teenager roared abuse at a garda
The teenager roared abuse at a garda

A 19-year-old, labelled the 'scourge' of a Mayo town, has been told to 'cop on' by a Circuit Court judge.

Jordan McHugh appeared at Castlebar Circuit Court last week to appeal the severity of a three-month sentence handed down late last year.

Mr McHugh was put behind bars after being charged with threatening and abusive behaviour.

The defendant called Garda Aiden Connaughton a "pig b*****d" in a foul-mouthed early morning rant on August 15, 2015 in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.

Judge Mary Devins adjourned sentencing in April 2016 but jailed Mr McHugh after he was arrested following an incident in Westport on December 26.

Garda Connaughton told the court that the defendant was intoxicated on the night in 2015 when he was directed to return home after a member of the public informed gardai that he had been chased by three youths.

Mr McHugh called the garda a "pig bastard" before saying he would "sue you for €12,000" after attempting to goad the garda to "pepper spray me".

He then stated: "I'll do what I want...I'm going home now, arrest me or leave me at home."

Mr McHugh was arrested by gardai at 12.15am that morning, according to the Mayo News.

Garda Connaughton described Mr McHugh as a "scourge" on Ballinrobe when questioned by counsel for the defendant, Mr Brendan McDonagh.

Mr McDonagh told the court of the 'lasting effect' his client's first time in adult prison had on the 19-year-old.

Judge McCabe, hearing the appeal, agreed to adjourn sentencing for 12 months, placing the defendant under the supervision of the probation services.

However, the judge warned Mr McHugh he must "cop on" if he wants to avoid returning to prison.