Homeless Tipperary man jailed for threatening to urinate into Cork garda's hat

In a previous incident, the defendant attempted to head-butt a garda, saying, ‘f*** off you rookie’
Homeless Tipperary man jailed for threatening to urinate into Cork garda's hat

A garda told the court that he found the accused trying to urinate on the street corner in full view of members of the public. File photo

A Tipperary man threatened to urinate into the hat of a Cork garda who encountered him causing a disturbance in the city and now the culprit has been jailed.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed a prison sentence of two months on Thomas Cawley at Cork District Court. 

“This man said he would urinate in the guard’s hat which is not acceptable at any level,” Judge Kelleher said.

Eddie Burke solicitor said at the adjourned sentencing hearing: “He wants to apologise for his language to An Garda Síochána.

“He is sober five days. His GP at Simon put him on Librium. He is – as the saying goes – taking one day at a time. Between Simon and the Probation service they wanted to get him to St  Helen’s in Blarney. 

"He is 33 years old and has been in and out of custody. 

He is drinking since finishing his Junior Cert in Thurles. His difficulty is all drink – not drugs. He presents well today.

Garda Jonathan Corcoran testified at Cork District Court that he encountered the defendant, Thomas Cawley, in Cork City on February 3.

“The accused was drinking from a can of cider in a doorway. He stepped out from the doorway and attempted to urinate on the street corner in full view of members of the public.

“I told him to desist and he was threatening and abusive. He said he would urinate into the garda hat.

“He walked around the corner and attempted to urinate again when several members of the public were present. He was arrested and taken to the Bridewell garda station,” Garda Corcoran said.

Thomas Cawley, 32, of no fixed address in Cork, pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and being drunk and a source of danger.

Cawley admitted similar charges and obstruction of pedestrians by begging during another incident on January 14. 

Garda Brian Crowley said of the accused: “He was frothing at the mouth and highly intoxicated. He became very aggressive and attempted to head-butt me, saying, ‘f*** off you rookie’.” 

In a third incident on March 6, Garda Adrian Murphy arrested the same man at Cornmarket Street because he was drunk and a danger to himself or others.

Originally from Tipperary, the defendant has been living homeless in Cork City. Judge Kelleher imposed an overall sentence of two months on the Tipperary man.

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