Drunk businessman who punched Garda over parked car incident avoids jail
A businessman has been arrested for punching a garda when he believes the officer ‘sided’ with another man in an argument following an accident of the road.
aal Nordin (52) “had a few drinks on board” while waiting for gardaí to arrive, got frustrated and became aggressive.
Judge Gerard Jones struck out the case after Nordin made a €500 charity donation.
He said the accused was lucky not to have been in contact with the garda, otherwise he could have been imprisoned.
Nordin, with an address in Church Street, Templemore, Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.
Dublin District Court heard the incident happened in Ventry Park, Cabra on March 1.
Gardaí was dealing with a traffic accident at the scene when the accused left his car, which was parked in a driveway.
Nordin approached the gardaí and became aggressive.
When asked to leave the area, he verbally abused the gardaí, shouting repeatedly.
Nordin was intoxicated, continued to approach the gardaí and tried to hit one.
The defendant was from South Africa and had business interests in Ireland, his lawyer said.
There was a traffic incident and Nordin got into an argument with a man who had parked where the accused was visiting friends.
Gardaí was slow to arrive and in the meantime Nordin “had had a few drinks on board”.
He was frustrated that this man was still parked outside and “took charge,” his lawyer said.
He shouldn’t have done that, the attorney said. Judge Jones asked why the defendant punched a garda.
Nordin did not recall doing so, but accepted the facts, the attorney said.
There was no malice, but he sensed that the gardaí had sided with the other man.
Judge Jones said Nordin was ‘a lucky man he won’t be going to Mountjoy’.
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