Window smashed with hurley during row

A former Cork county minor hurler, who has since become addicted to heroin, used a hurley to smash a window in a row with a neighbour.

Gardaí rushed to Glenfields Avenue, Ballyvolane, Cork, where they found Gordan Browne, aged 27, armed with a knife and a hurley.

Garda Inspector Dermot O’Connor yesterday said gardaí saw Browne using the hurley to break the window of a house.

“He was instructed to drop the knife and hurley and he refused to do so. Gardaí had to use incapacitant spray on him in order to arrest him,” said Garda Insp O’Connor. Cork District Court heard the incident occurred in Jun 2010.

Yesterday, Browne pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and to other charges. Judge Leo Malone imposed a total jail sentence of five months.

Emmet Boyle, for Browne, said: “Up to the age of 18, he played hurling at a very high level, inter-county under 18. But he succumbed to heroin use.

“The common thread to his offending behaviour seems to be the use of substances. Even at 27, he recognises he has a serious addiction problem. It is not that he has not tried to rehabilitate but the path of temperance does not work out for him.”

Mr Boyle said Browne came from a very decent family who were supporting him in trying to turn his life around.

Judge Malone asked what prompted Browne to attack the house with the hurley. Mr Boyle said it arose out of a row with neighbours but that there was no credible excuse for his behaviour.

Other incidents for which Browne was sentenced included theft and having heroin for his own use.

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