Man headbutted garda during angry confrontation

A district court judge fined a Castlebar man €300 when he came before him for headbutting a garda and causing criminal damage during an alcohol fuelled rage at his brother and his brother’s partner.

Dean Halliwell, 30 Springfield Court, Castlebar, pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda Sean Ryan on April 2 last.

He also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a car and to being in possession of a small quantity of cannabis.

Judge Kevin Kilraine heard that Halliwell used the leg of a chair to smash the windows on a car outside a house at Cois Abhainn, Castlebar, at around 7pm on April 2, 2014.

When gardaí arrived to the estate, they saw Halliwell walking around with blood on his face.

He admitted to Garda Ryan that he had smashed the car windows. He then tried to lunge past Garda Ryan to attack his brother, Clinton Halliwell.

He headbutted Garda Ryan in the process.

While he was being put into the Garda patrol car, a bag containing what was later confirmed to be €1.23 worth of cannabis fell from his pocket.

Solicitor for Halliwell, Tom Walsh, said the incident was a “stupid situation”. He said that, on the day in question, Halliwell had consumed alcohol on top of the medication he is taking for a hip problem.

He has since conveyed his apology to his brother.

Judge Kilraine said the criminal damage was a “nasty thing”. He said Halliwell had assaulted Garda Ryan through his “determination and fury” on the evening.

The judge gave Halliwell the benefit of the Probation Act in relation to the cannabis. He fined him €100 for criminal damage and €200 for assault.

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