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Man with 26 previous convictions may get community service

August 8th, 2017 11:06 PM

By Southern Star Team

The accused is charged with resisting arrest on Pearse St. in Clonakilty.

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THE case against a man charged with resisting a member of the gardaí has been put back to the September 12th sitting of Skibbereen District Court, to give time for the Probation Service to consider his suitability to do community service.

The accused, Mark Nevin of 54, Deerpark, Bandon, pleaded guilty to three charges, including resisting Sgt James O'Donoghue in the execution of his duty at Pearse Street, Clonakilty, on November 29th last.

According to Insp Fergal Foley, the sergeant saw the accused punching a man in the face and went to restrain him. But the accused resisted and shouted abuse at the sergeant.

The inspector said two other gardaí were needed to get the accused into handcuffs and the back of the patrol car.

Insp Foley said Mark Nevin has 26 previous convictions, including convictions for public order offences, obstruction and criminal damage.

But his solicitor, Niamh O'Driscoll, asked Judge Marie Keane to show some leniency because her client is gainfully employed and would like to continue with his job.

Judge Marie Keane made the observation: ‘obstructing police officers seems to be part of this man's DNA.'

She said: ‘The courts have been more than indulgent in terms of imposing suspended sentences, but he doesn't seem to be getting the message.' Nevertheless, the judge adjourned the case to the September 12th sitting of Skibbereen District Court at which she will consider the Probation Officer's report.

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