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Drunk 'soiled' garda car after being found slumbering on town's Main Street

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Drunk 'soiled' garda car after being found slumbering on town's Main Street

When gardai put 31-year-old Geoffrey McManus into the back of their patrol car in Sligo, the last thing they though was that he would find a way to put the vehicle out of commission.

Officers found the slumbering drunk panned out on Straffan’s Main Street on the 6th of September at around 6pm.

When roused the ossified crook, who has a large amount of convictions, became aggressive towards the officers.

Gardai put him into the squad car where McManus promptly held a dirty protest.

His solicitor told a court in Naas that his client had drank too much and was “out of his mind” and it was this rather than a deliberate act which led to him soiling the vehicle.

He was, said the solicitor, “humiliated and embarrassed.”

However Garda Inspector Paul Doolan told Judge Desmond Zaidan that he thought the soiling was “a deliberate act”.

The patrol car had to be cleaned at a cost of €60.

McManus, of 31 Langton Drive, Sligo is currently serving a sentence for a different offence and is due for release on the 10th of November.

The court heard that he was now seeing a counsellor in jail and wanted to improve his life so he could have a better relationship with his 10-year-old daughter, according to the Leinster Leader.

Judge Zaidan imposed an 11-month sentence on the initial charge and a three-month concurrent sentence for the threatening and abusive behaviour.

He said gardai have more serious crime to be dealing with than looking after “drunken fools”.