Former GAA star and captain of the Leitrim football team Emlyn Mulligan came to the assistance of the Gardai in a public order incident in Killybegs.
Charles McGill of Meehavelley, Ardara was charged with a number of public order offences on August 9 last on the Diamond in Killybegs.
Sgt. Tom Mitchell in evidence at Donegal District Court said that there was a family festival occurring in the town on the day of the incident and he had been informed by a stewart that there was a man causing a disturbance in the middle of the crowd.
Sgt. Mitchell said, “I recognised the man as Charles McGill and I asked him to leave. He had his shirt pulled up his back and had no shoes on.
“He told me to fuck off on a number of occasions. I arrested him for being intoxicated and failure to obey Garda instructions.”
Sgt. Mitchell added that there was a struggle and both men fell to the ground where the struggle continued.
“An off - duty Garda Emlyn Mulligan, from Kinlough, who was outside the Bayview Hotel came over and assisted me. We had to use the pepper spray in an attempt to restrain him. We later brought him to Glenties Garda Station.”
Rory O’Brien for the defence said that the defendant claimed that he was being arrested “just because he had no shoes” on him and that he was acting in self defence.
Judge Kilrane convicted the defendant of being intoxicated and said, “ I can see the defendant is a bit of a character but characters have to be called to order. This could have been dealt with at the outset but the defendant “cranked it up”.
The defendant was fined €300.