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OAP misbehaving Pensioner with 74 previous convictions gets suspended sentence after calling gardai 'scum'

Sgt Ferguson told Judge Cephas Power that when the defendant is not drinking he “is a very pleasant man.”


Thomas McDermott

Thomas McDermott

Thomas McDermott

A pensioner who was intoxicated and verbally abused gardai calling them “Garda scum” and “F**king useless gardai” has avoided a custodial sentence.

Serial offender Thomas McDermott has been given a three months suspended prison sentence and has been encouraged by a judge to engage with his GP to get help for his alcoholism.

McDermott (75), who has now racked up his 75th conviction, pleaded guilty to being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour at Brookdale Grove in Rivervalley, Swords, Co Dublin on May 8.

He has 74 previous convictions, Swords District Court heard.

Sergeant Terri Ferguson gave evidence gardai were called to Brookdale Grove at 2.43pm and were approached in the patrol car by the defendant who started shouting and became abusive towards them.

“A garda opened the car window and the defendant became irate shouting ‘Garda scum,’ and ‘f**king useless gardai,’ said Sgt Ferguson.

The defendant, of Brookdale Grove in River Valley, continued to be abusive and was arrested for being intoxicated and a danger to himself and others.

While at the garda station the defendant continued to be abusive, the court heard.

Sgt Ferguson told Judge Cephas Power that when the defendant is not drinking he “is a very pleasant man.”

Defence solicitor Bernard Stobie said the defendant has a “history of offending.”

“He does have an appalling record of previous convictions,” said Mr Stobie, adding the defendant suffers from alcoholism.

“He lives alone and found lockdown difficult. He apologised to the gardai and is very sorry.

"He realises when he drinks it changes him.

"He is engaging with his doctor and is hoping he might be able to avail of an implant to help him stop drinking.”
“He realises he is on shaky ground,” said Mr Stobie.

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Judge Power imposed a three months prison sentence which was suspended and the judge encouraged the defendant to engage with his doctor.

“He has to accept responsibility,” the judge said.

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