A 24 year-old man received a four month jail sentence at Cashel District Court for kicking a garda as he was being placed in a cell at Cahir Garda Station.
Judge Marie Keane handed down the sentence to Martin Hoare of 31 Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Suir but directed that it run concurrently with a prison sentence he is currently serving for another matter.
Mr Hoare pleaded guilty at last week's sitting of Cashel Court to assaulting Gda. Bolger at Cahir Garda Station on August 5 last year.
Sgt. Carol O'Leary said Mr Hoare was arrested under the Public Order Act at South Tipperary General Hospital and brought to Cahir Garda Station. "While he was being placed in the cell, he kicked out deliberately and struck Gda. Bolger."
The sergeant added that Mr Hoare had 15 previous convictions for drugs, public order and traffic offences.
Defence solicitor Eamonn Hayes said he was instructed by his client to apologise for his behaviour. He was currently serving a prison sentence and he was very anxious that the prison sentence wouldn't be extended.
He pointed out that Mr Hoare was attending school and the gym while in prison. He was one of eight children in his family and his parents passed away within a short period of each other when he was in his early teens. He was in care for a number of years after and left school at the age of 16.
Judge Keane noted there was no lasting injury to the garda who was assaulted by Mr Hoare as she directed the four month sentence run concurrently to the current sentence he was serving. The court heard Mr Hoare is due to be released from prison in January.