Cork man urged gardaí to issue summons so he could use it as toilet paper

Gardaí were dealing with a public order disturbance when accused shouted: 'Send me a summons — I will wipe my f***ing ass with it', court heard
Cork man urged gardaí to issue summons so he could use it as toilet paper

Aaron Austin, 20, of Araglen Court, Togher, Cork, shouted at a garda, calling him 'a f***ing knacker', court told. Picture: Larry Cummins

A young man taunted gardaí during a volatile public order situation, urging them to summons him for his behaviour so he could use the summons as toilet paper.

Inspector Anne Marie Guiney outlined the background to the incident at Cork District Court.

Gardaí were dealing with a public order disturbance in the Togher area on November 14, 2021.

Aaron Austin, 20, of Araglen Court, Togher, Cork, shouted at a garda, calling him “a f***ing knacker”. 

Insp Guiney said the young man was warned by gardaí to desist in his behaviour where there was a large crowd gathered and the situation was volatile.

However,, Aaron Austin shouted at gardaí: “Send me a summons — I will wipe my f***ing ass with it.” 

Gardaí then proceeded to arrest the young man, but he resisted arrest and pepper-spray had to be applied to subdue him.

Judge Marian O’Leary said: “What gives him a right to speak to gardaí like that and call them names like that?” 

Defence solicitor Eddie Burke, said: “He was with a group of people. He took it on himself to mouth off. More often than not the guard, who is now a sergeant, would have a good relationship with him.” 

For offences including threatening and obstructive behaviour, the judge imposed a sentence of two months, suspended for a period of two years provided he keeps the peace and is of good behaviour for the next two years. 

Judge O’Leary also imposed a number of fines on the defendant for other other public order offences arising out of the same incident last November.

Insp Guiney told Judge O’Leary of previous public order convictions against the same young man.

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