Gardaí assaulted after wine stolen from shop in Cork

Gardaí were assaulted outside a church in Cork in October 2014 after the theft of four bottles of Valentino pinot grigio from a shop.
Gardaí assaulted after wine stolen from shop in Cork

Judge Olann Kelleher said yesterday that assaults on fire officers, hospital staff and gardaí had to be viewed as serious matters and he imposed jail sentences on two men who pleaded guilty to charges that included counts of assaulting gardaí.

Garda Kieran O’Callaghan said that, at 12pm on October 4, 2014, gardaí became aware the four bottles of wine had been stolen from Centra on Tory Top Rd. Almost an hour later, they spotted a silver Toyota Corolla parked across the road from the church in Ballyphehane. There was a disturbance at the scene of the trio’s arrest.

Garda O’Callaghan said he was arresting Michael O’Sullivan, aged 34, of Blackash, Kinsale Rd, Cork, when his brother Trevor O’Sullivan, aged 28, of 16 Reendowney Place, Ballyphehane, became obstructive.

Trevor O’Sullivan pleaded guilty yesterday to obstructing a garda, assaulting a garda, being threatening and abusive, and stealing the wine. He was sentenced to four months in prison.

Defence solicitor Shane Collins-Daly said Trevor O’Sullivan was ashamed and apologetic to the gardaí.

Michael O’Sullivan also got a four-month jail term for obstructing and assaulting gardaí. Emmet Boyle, solicitor, said Michael O’Sullivan apologised for his actions.

Anthony Lenihan, 41, of 80, Clarke’s Rd, Ballyphehane, was fined €300 for not having an NCT on the car and given a six-month suspended sentence for handling the stolen wine.

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