Guilty of Garda assault

A defendant who was charged with assault on a Garda Sergeant and on further charges of drink driving and attempting to frustrate a prosecution by means of escape was convicted on all counts by a jury at Friday’s sitting of Donegal Circuit Court.

A defendant who was charged with assault on a Garda Sergeant and on further charges of drink driving and attempting to frustrate a prosecution by means of escape was convicted on all counts by a jury at Friday’s sitting of Donegal Circuit Court.

William Dinsmore of Glasbolie, Ballintra was convicted of assaulting Gda. Sgt.Iggy Larkin of the traffic corps at his home in Glasbolie on the 20th. February, 2010, attempting to frustrate a prosecution by means of escape at the same address and of drink driving at Carrick West, Laghey on the same date.

The court was told that Sgt. Larkin was knocked down a steep embankment at the defendant’s home and as a result had to be brought to Nowdoc in Mountcharles and later to Letterkenny General Hospital for x-rays and observation.

Sgt. Larkin suffered cuts and bruising to his head and face and a dislocated thumb and had to remain out of work for 10 weeks.

The defendant had denied all charges saying that he had only 2 or three pints and that he had stumbled himself and had brushed against Sgt. Larkin causing him to fall down the embankment.

The jury recorded a unanimous verdict on the charges of drink driving and attempting to frustrate the prosecution.

Judge John O’Hagan informed the jury that a majority verdict would suffice on the charge of assault.

The jury subsequently returned and found the defendant guilty as charged.

Judge O’Hagan said that he would not impose a custodial sentence until he received probation reports but that he would be dealing with the other two offences.

The Judge imposed fines totalling €3,000 on the defendant and disqualified him from driving for a total of 2 years. The Judge agreed to postpone the disqualification until August 1st.

Sentencing on the conviction of assault was adjourned until the December sitting of Donegal Circuit Court.