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Spitting-mad man fined €600

An irate man who took serious offence to a female driver pulling out in front of him followed her to a local Garda station before spitting at her car, the Galway District Court heard last week.

Philip Holohan (27 ) with an address given as 23 Devon Park, Salthill, appeared before Judge Mary Fahy charged with threatening and abusive behaviour at Galway Garda Station on May 26, 2008.

Inspector Mick Coppinger told the court that a woman was in Lower Salthill when she pulled out of a parking spot and because she may have “mistimed the pulling out” the defendant became “irate”. He added that Holohan then followed the woman and she went to the station where a garda member met her. Holohan then came into the yard of the station, “marched in and spat at her car”. “It was unbelievable,” added Inspector Coppinger.

Defence solicitor Olivia Traynor explained her client had not been following the woman but that “both of them were making their way to the station to make a complaint”.

Holohan told the court that he had been driving on the main road when the woman “pulled out” in front of him, forcing him to take action to avoid her. He then said that he had stood at reception in the Garda station but she did not come in.

The court then heard how the defendant has previous convictions for possession of drugs and for public order offences.

Ms Traynor said that her client was aware that “spitting” is a disgusting thing to do and that the attitude was totally wrong. She said that Holohan had finished an electronic course, and was looking for work.

“He seems to have a short fuse,” noted Judge Fahy.

Inspector Coppinger then further explained that the spitting incident was done in front of Sgt Dolan who had come out to assist the woman.

“That shows total disregard of where you were. You let yourself down very badly. If you had any concerns there was no way you were going to get any sympathy then,” Judge Fahy told the defendant who was fined €600 with three months to pay.

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