The case heard at Naas District Court on Wednesday
A young Clane man who responded to a Garda telling him to leave the bar of a local hotel by telling the Garda to leave the area appeared at Naas District Court last Wednesday, January 16 charged with engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour.
Garda James Keating told Judge Desmond Zaidan that the defendant had been drinking in the Westgrove Hotel but had been refused further drink.
When Gardai arrived at the hotel they directed the defendant Evan Den Hondt, 26, to leave the area under the provisions of the Public Order Act.
“Mr Den Hondt responded by telling me to leave the area under the Public Order Act,” Garda Keating explained.
The defendant then ran away, kicking the rear of the patrol car as he did so. He managed to evade capture, but Gardai figured out two weeks later where he lived and arrested him.
“What was his state of mind?” Judge Desmond Zaidan asked.
“He was compos mentis,” the Garda replied. The Garda admitted, under cross examination from David Powderly, acting for the defendant, that Mr Den Hondt was intoxicated. “But he was aware of where he was and who he was talking to,” Garda Keating added.
Mr Powderly told the court that his client was apologising to all concerned. He had been drinking earlier in the day but returned home to get money and when he returned he was refused alcohol.
He is studying to be a poler (a person who erects poles for electricity or telephone wires). He has 11 previous convictions, all for road traffic matters.
The Judge was told that there was no physical element to the event which happened around 8 pm in the evening. It was agreed that he was make a €750 donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund by June 26.