Man made rude gestures to Brown Thomas staff

A 25 years old man who admitted making rude gestures to staff at Brown Thomas and to threatening to put their photos on the internet, has been remanded on bail for the preparation of a probation report.

Seamus Hynes, Flat 1, 28 Sandyview Drive, Riverside, Galway, pleaded guilty to breaching the peace by engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour, which was likely to lead to a breach of the peace at Brown Thomas, Eglinton Street, Galway on May 7 last and to committing a similar offence at Eyre Square, Galway, on May 9.

Inspector Ernie White said that Gardai were called to the BT store at 4 p.m. on May 7 after the accused became verbally abusive to staff. Gardai saw the accused sticking his two fingers up in a rude gesture to staff and they heard him threaten to put their pictures on the internet.

Inspector White said that two days later, gardai were on mobile patrol in Eyre Square when they encountered Hynes, who told them to “f**k off, you f**king pigs.”

Defence solicitor Adrian MacLynn said his client suffered from a physical impairment and had mild intellectual difficulties as well. He said his client’s condition rendered him incapable of emphatic feelings for others and left him with a lack of feelings for others. He said Hynes was under the voluntary care of a social worker, who was present in court with him.

Judge Eamon O’Brien adjourned the matter for the preparation of a probation report, to October 8 next.



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