Two men who were abusive to the staff of a Kebab shop in Claremorris and later to gardaí who arrived on the scene have come before the local district court. At 12.35 a.m. on June 8, Garda David Hanley and Garda Tony Peyton observed Owen McDonagh of 56 Sruthain, Turlough Road, Castlebar and Michael Reilly, Chapel Court, Chapel Lane, Claremorris, outside the Kebab
Shop on D'Alton Street. They were intoxicated and were threatening the staff of the takeaway.
McDonagh spat at the door, calling the staff 'black Paki c**ts'. When Garda Hanley told Mr McDonagh to leave the scene he became agitated and argumentative.
McDonagh shouted: "We're Irish, they're black Paki b**tards".
When the Gardaí tried to arrest McDonagh, Reilly interfered and tried to obstruct the gardaí. Reilly had to be restrained by Garda Peyton, while Garda Hanley called for assistance.
Reilly then lunged out and head-butt the window of the patrol car, shattering it. He threatened the gardaí and had to be restrained.
Garda Peter Sarsfield arrived on the scene and Reilly was placed in the back of the patrol car. He spat in Garda Sarsfield's face.
The court also heard evidence in relation to a charge against Reilly for handling stolen goods.
On June 3, three laptops worth €600 each and a JVC camcorder were stolen from Robeen National School.
On June 5, Reilly's apartment was searched and the goods were found in a cot and recovered.
Judge John Coughlan convicted McDonagh of being intoxicated in a public place and for using threatening and abusive behaviour. He was fined €550.
Reilly was convicted of handling stolen goods and assaulting a garda. He was sentenced to five months in prison.