Ballintra man remanded in custody

A Circuit Court Judge has remanded a Ballintra man in custody until Friday, while the judge considers what sentence he will impose.

A Circuit Court Judge has remanded a Ballintra man in custody until Friday, while the judge considers what sentence he will impose.

William Dinsmore, Glasbolie, Ballintra was convicted at the March sitting of Donegal District Court three charges: assaulting Sgt. Iggy Larkin of the Garda Traffic Corps at his home in Glasbolie on February 20, 2010; attempting to frustrate a prosecution by means of escape on the same date and at the same address; and drink driving at Carrick West, Laghey on the same date.

At the March court sitting, he was fined a total of €3,000 and banned from driving for two years.

Today’s sitting of Donegal Circuit 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.

Judge John O’Hagan said the defendant had fully contested the case and the suggestion was “put up (by the defendant) that the gardaí were ‘not telling the truth’ and that the gardaí had ‘not got a monopoly on the truth’. There was a strong suggestion gardai were were liars. The jury did not believe him,” the judge commented.

“A garda has been injured. It was deliberate and there was an attempt to discredit the gardaí.

“I am tempted to send him to jail but I will remand him in custody until Friday morning until I decide what sentence I shall impose.”