July 14, 2024

A Choose has ordered a person charged with assaulting two gardai throughout an after-hours raid on a Castlefin pub seem earlier than him for sentencing.

Darren McGahern needed to be pepper sprayed following the drink-fuelled incident on the Banjo Tavern.

Choose Ciaran Liddy has instructed that McGahern come to Letterkenny District Court docket on Wednesday subsequent.

The 46-year-old, with an tackle at Halewood, Strabane, is charged with assaulting Garda Sinead McLaughlin and Sergeant Joe Dorrian once they arrived on the Banjo Tavern within the early hours of November 21, 2021.

Sergeant Michael McHugh of Lifford Garda Station gave proof of the incident in court docket.

Garda McLaughlin and Sergeant Dorrian arrived on the licensed premises at 12.40am. The court docket heard that McGahern, who was a buyer within the bar, ‘took exception’ when the officers started taking particulars of these on the premises.

McGahern, from Strabane, was initially aggressive in the direction of Garda McLaughlin, placing his arms round her neck.

The now-retired Sergeant Dorrian intervened to help Garda McLaughlin. As McGahern resisted arrest, he struck Sergeant Dorrian between the legs together with his fist. McGahern was stated to have tried to strike Sergeant Dorrian a second time.

Sergeant McHugh stated gardai needed to subdue McGahern with pepper spray earlier than bringing him beneath management.

“Members struggled with him on the bottom to position him beneath arrest,” Sergeant Michael McHugh stated.

When questioned concerning the incident once more in March 2022, McGahern was described as being ‘apologetic’ and ‘embarrassed by his actions’. McGahern, who has no earlier convictions, tendered an apology to the gardai.

Defending solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, stated his consumer was unable to come back to court docket, however had tendered a ‘full and heartfelt apology’.

“He does admire that it’s very critical,” Mr Gallagher stated. “It shouldn’t have occurred, but it surely did occur. Alcohol was taken on the night time. He subsequently got here throughout to satisfy gardai and do all of the related processes and he was very forthright and contrite.”

Choose Liddy stated: “He might want to come to court docket.”

McGahern might be sentenced on Wednesday, February 7.

Man who assaulted two Gardai in after-hours pub assault to be sentenced was final modified: February 2nd, 2024 by Employees Author