Armed members of the Garda Regional Support Unit attended at a domestic incident in Mahon where a man held a glass lamp and a pint glass and warned gardaí they would have to use Tasers to get him out of the house.
David Long, aged 35, of no fixed address, eventually calmed down but it took up to 30 minutes for this to occur at 35 St Michael’s Close, Mahon, Cork, Inspector Ronan Kennelly said at Cork District Court.
Long pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of wilfully obstructing Garda Garry Cashman at the incident in the defendant’s house.
Insp Kennelly said that on September 29, 2017, gardaí attended a call to 35 St Michael’s Close in relation to a domestic dispute.
“On arrival, they met a woman who told them that he was drunk and would be very hostile to gardaí if they entered the house.
“Gardaí did enter the house and saw David Long standing behind a kitchen table. He had a pint glass in his left hand and a large glass electric lamp in his right hand.
“He shouted at gardaí not to come near him and that they would have to get the armed response unit to Taser him.
“Mr Long took a long time to calm down. He was under the influence of an intoxicant and gardaí removed the other people present in the house.
“Garda Cashman contacted the Regional Support Unit for assistance and they soon arrived. Gardaí entered the house and he still held the two items in his hands shouting at gardaí.
“(After half an hour) David Long agreed to drop the items and came out from behind the table. Garda Cashman subsequently arrested him for an offence of obstruction.”
In a later incident which was taken into consideration, he had cannabis for his own use at the Mercy University Hospital when gardaí were dealing with a report of him causing a disturbance there. He was only prosecuted on the drugs charge, arising out of that incident.
Pat Horan, defence solicitor, said the accused man got into a row with members of his family on the night. He was homeless at the time and actually living in a tent around Cork City.
Mr Horan said the defendant became distressed but, in the end, he went willingly with gardaí. The solicitor asked Judge Bernadette Owens to take Long’s difficult circumstances into consideration.
Judge Owens imposed a two-month suspended sentence on the accused man on the obstruction charge and took the drug possession in the hospital into consideration.