A man who works as a security guard for the receivers of the now bankrupt Quinn Group was ordered to pay €300 to the Garda social club after being convicted of abusing gardaí in the street.
“I’m surprised a security guard employed by the receivers would treat gardaí like that,” said Judge Hughes.
“How would you like it if any of those 5,000 supporters of Mr Quinn treated you like that?” enquired the judge, referring to the sizeable crowd who marched in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan last weekend in support of the bankrupt family.
Inspector Nicholas Farrell told how Graham Murray (21 ), of Ard na Glug, Athlone had been arrested a little after midnight on June 11 in the middle of the road in Custume Place for his part in a row and was shouting: “You’re a useless shower of c***s” at the gardaí.
“And he still decided to fight the case right up to the last minute?” said Judge Seamus Hughes, noting Murray had only entered a plea of guilty the day before the court case was heard this week (October 17 ).
His solicitor, Mr Cormac Lohan, told the court this was because he had been seeking CCTV footage to help explain his client’s approach to the officers in light of the fight that had sparked the incident.
However, Mr Lohan only learned this week that such footage is only kept for two months, and when he discovered this he advised his client to plead guilty.
The judge gave Murray a month to come up with the money if he wanted to avoid a conviction.