Drunk taunted gardaí ‘go on and arrest me’

An aggressive man who taunted a guard to “go on and arrest me” and then took off on a lap around a block in Cork city centre got his wish when the guard knocked him to the ground and arrested him.

Rodney Haynes first came to the attention of Garda Karl Griffin on Oliver Plunkett St in Cork on the night of July 1. He was acting aggressively at the time and Garda Griffin told him to desist.

Haynes challenged the guard to arrest him and then took off running down Winthrop Street, turned on to Winthrop Lane, around to Caroline Street at back on to Oliver Plunkett Street at 9.15pm when the streets were full of people.

“He told the gardaí to go fuck off and the usual pleasantries,” Inspector Fergal Foley said at Cork District Court. Garda Griffin repeatedly told him to calm down and desist from this behaviour but he refused.

At the height of his aggression and resistance Haynes was knocked to ground and arrested. Insp Foley said the accused had 91 previous convictions, the vast majority of which were for similar offences.

Emmet Boyle, solicitor, said of Haynes, “He accepts he was very wrong in inviting the arrest from Garda Griffin. However, he had no opportunity to move on. He is 45 and homeless. Unfortunately he is around the city and not productively engaged”.

Mr Boyle said that Haynes was in discussions with one of the homeless agencies about the prospect of moving to accommodation in a suburban area.

“He does apologise for his behaviour,” Mr Boyle said.

Judge Leo Malone fined him €250 for being drunk and a source of danger and sentenced him to two months suspended on the threatening behaviour charge. On the charge of obstructing Garda Griffin the judge said, “he came out the wrong end of that particular argument so I am marking that charge as taken into consideration.”


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