Three months after “vile and obscene” comments

An 18 year-old who told probation officers he “may find it difficult getting up” to complete a community service order has been sent to jail.

Michael McGuigan, of Strand Foyer, was jailed for three months after what a judge described as a “scandalous and disgraceful incident” during which he assaulted police, attempted to assault police, obstructed police and used disorderly behaviour.

The court heard that on June 22 at around 1.45am, police spoke to the defendant at Clarendon Street and he responded with a “barrage of abuse”.

When warned about his behaviour he shouted “further profanities” at officers. He was arrested and went to ground, refusing to stand up. He was handcuffed and placed in a police vehicle where he “kicked out”, striking an officer on the forearm. He attempted to headbutt another officer and said: “I’ll put a 9mm through your head”. District Judge Barney McElholm said the defendant had said a “vile and obscene thing” to a female officer, adding that McGuigan’s complete “lack of respect if not hatred for women” was concerning. He said the defendant, who has record for disorderly behaviour, had been given “every opportunity” following past offences dealt with through the youth court. In what was his first appearance before an adult court, McGuigan was jailed for three months.