A BUNCRANA teenager who
"shouldered" an elderly man as he walked into a
restaurant has been sentenced to four months'
Daniel Doyle, Ballymacarry Lower, Buncrana, also
admitted a public order offence in which he left a
young local Garda with a black eye. He was not
charged with assaulting the Garda however.
Doyle, 18, arrived at Tuesday's sitting of Buncrana
District Court after spending two weeks in detention
for contempt of court. Defence solicitor Patricia
Dorrian conveyed her client's apologies to Judge
Desmond Zaidan for "his remarks to you the last day"
and pleaded for him to release her client.
The court heard that the local teenager attacked the
Garda when he came to their attention in the town on
May 13th, last year. He was "very intoxicated".
In an incident six months later, Doyle "shouldered"
a 70-year old man who was walking into the Four
Lanterns fast food restaurant on Buncrana Main
Street, at 7.10pm on November 12th, 2006. Garda
Patrick Henry told the court that the elderly man
was "shook up by the matter".
Ms. Dorrian said her client, was a hardworking
labourer who was rarely unemployed. She said his
incarceration at St. Patrick's Institution in
Dublin, had had "more than a sobering effect on
him". Judge Zaidan imposed a sentence of two months
in respect of each charge and ordered that the
sentences run consecutively. Bail was granted in the
event of an appeal.