Limerick man challenged Garda Sergeant to take off his uniform and fight

Judge Carol Ann Coolican.

A DRIVER stopped by Gardaí challenged a Garda Sergeant to take off the uniform and fight him, a court in Limerick heard.

Inspector Gearoid Thompson told Newcastle West District Court that James Mulcair (20), of Abbey Court, Rathkeale, used “vile and abusive” language towards the Garda Sergeant on the day that he was stoped.

Judge Carol Ann Coolican was told that Mulcair shouted at the senior Garda to “take off your suit and come out on the road, I’ll knock you out. F***off.”

The court heard that the accused eventually left the scene as directed by the Garda, but had been abusive throughout the exchange.

He pleaded guilty to the charge of breaching public order.

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His solicitor, Ted McCarthy, told the court that his client had been diagnosed with ADHD.

“He had spoken with the Sergeant earlier in the day and he got it into his head that he was being victimised. He realises that it was not appropriate to speak to a Garda in that way and he apologises.”

Judge Coolican asked Mulcair if he realised “you could face jail for this” and fined him €250.