Garda broke finger during road arrest in Kildare

The case was heard in Naas District Court

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Garda broke finger during road arrest in Kildare

A garda broke his finger during the incident

A Garda broke his finger in his attempt to arrest a man in the Main Street of Johnstownbridge, Kilcock District Court, sitting at Naas, was told on October 16. Before the court was 26-year-Sean Hurley, with an address at Dunfierth, Enfield.

He pleaded guilty to public order offences, including obstructing an arrest, on October 29, 2017.

The court was told that Gardai were at a road checkpoint and they found Mr Hurley walking in the middle of the road.

He was asked to leave and at one point offered to shake the hand of a Garda.

They eventually told him he would be arrested if he did not move on.

When they went to arrest him, he started to run away and a Garda pulled at his jacket. During that action, the Garda’s finger snapped and was broken.

Garda Sgt Jim Kelly said the Garda had to get two pins put in his finger.

Sgt Kelly said that Mr Hurley had no previous convictions up to this.

He said Mr Hurley had drink on him.

David Powderly, solicitor for Mr Hurley, said his client offered “a genuine apology” for his action.

Judge Desmond Zaidan adjourned the case to February 6 next, stating that Mr Hurley could have been knocked down by a car.

Mr Powderly said his client he was a man of good character and there were a lot of positive sides to him.