Addict and partner charged with assaulting gardaí

A SELF-CONFESSED heroin addict and his partner appeared in court yesterday after a series of incidents in which two gardaí were alleged to have been assaulted in Cahir in south Tipperary.

Gerard Brown, aged 25, and mother-of-three Jennifer O’Mahoney, aged 26, both of Upper Friar Street in Cashel, Co Tipperary, were brought before Dungarvan District Court yesterday morning after alleged incidents on Tuesday night.

Both were remanded in custody with consent to bail.

Brown is charged with assault causing harm to Garda Mark Darmody, and with dangerous driving, while O’Mahoney is charged with one count of assaulting Garda Louise Lordan.

Inspector Paul Heffernan said that more charges of a serious nature were “likely” to be brought against both accused.

Inspector Heffernan applied for both to be remanded in custody due to the seriousness of the charges against them, the likelihood of further charges and the fact that both had failed to show up for unrelated court appearances in the past.

Solicitor for the two accused, Patrick Gordon, applied for bail.

Brown was released from prison six months ago, he said, and any bench warrants issued against him in the past had been dealt with.

His “main priority” was to get a place in a treatment centre in Bruree for addiction to heroin, he said, and he had been told that if he stayed off heroin for a week he would have a bed there next week.

“I’ve been clean of heroin for the last six days,” Brown said.

“I’ve been on medication to wean me off the heroin and I’m still on it [the medication].

“I picked up my heroin addiction inside prison, the last thing I want to do is go back to prison.”

Speaking about the alleged incidents on Tuesday night, Brown said: “I have injuries on my face as well.”

He recalled getting into a “scuffle” with gardaí but said it was an “even-sided affair” and that he didn’t “lunge” at any garda.

“The incidents that happened yesterday will have been in relation to being off heroin and trying to deal with it and so on and so forth,” he said.

O’Mahoney said her three children, aged 8, 4 and 2, were in part-time foster care.

When asked about a passport application form found in her possession by gardaí, she said it was for the children as their foster carers wanted to bring them on a trip to Lapland.

Judge Terence Finn remanded Brown in custody, granting consent to bail, on the accused’s own bond of €1,500 and an independent surety of €6,000 and on condition that he sign on at Cashel Garda Station every day between 9am and 6pm, surrender his passport and not apply for any new travel documents if he meets bail.

He also remanded O’Mahoney in custody, on similar terms with consent to bail.

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