A court has heard how a Limerick man who travelled to Killarney in a car during the first COVID-19 lockdown assaulted a garda.
The man and another man appeared before Killarney District Court in relation to the incident where they pleaded guilty to charges arising from the incident; including breaching COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Killarney District Court heard Gardaí responded to a call in relation to a car parked at The Reeks Gateway, Cleeney, Killarney on June 5th 2020; they noted a strong smell of cannabis from the car.
27-year-old Lee Hamilton of 1 Portland Avenue, Ballinacurra Gardens, Limerick refused to get out of the car and when encouraged to do so by Gardaí he began punching and kicking, hitting Garda Stephen Hourigan a number of times.
He was arrested and brought to Killarney Garda Station, where a small amount of cannabis herb was found on him.
The court heard 27-year-old Darren Greaney of Ardvarna, Lisnagry, Limerick, who was also in the car, acted out and made a nuisance of himself to Gardaí.
Solicitor Padraig O'Connell said both of his clients have no previous convictions and are working, adding that travelling to Killarney during a lockdown was a total error in judgement.
Judge David Waters said the men just decided to breach the COVID-19 regulations and put everyone at risk, he said the real aggravating factor was the attitude to Gardaí.
Lee Hamilton was given a three-month suspended sentence for assaulting Garda Hourigan, a €400 fine for breaching the COVID-19 travel restrictions and a €200 fine for possession of cannabis.
Darren Greaney was fined €300 breaching COVID-19 guidelines and a €300 fine for breaching public order.