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Man abused paramedics tending to his brother

A 22-year-old Inverin man who pleaded guilty to verbally abusing paramedics as they treated his injured brother in a pub carpark laid the blame on medical issues related to his heart.

Shane Kilmartin of Cornarone, Inverin, was before Derrynea District Court accused of engaging in abusive, threatening and insulting words amounting to a breach of the peace at Tír na nÓg carpark, Na Creagain, Inverin on December 18, 2021.

Kilmartin pleaded guilty to this charge and to charges of being intoxicated to such an extent that he was a danger to himself and others, and to resisting a member of An Garda Síochána in the execution of their duties.

Prosecuting Sergeant Damien Prendergast told the court that at 1.40am on the date in question, the defendant was drunk and abusive towards paramedicas treating Kilmartin’s brother for a hand injury.

As Garda Brendan Folan arrested the defendant, Kilmartin attempted to kick the garda patrol car and had to be restrained, said Sgt Prendergast.

The court was told the defendant, who was present in court with his mother, had no previous convictions.

Defending solicitor Emer Joyce said her client had a number of health issues, one of which was ‘extra heartbeats’, for which he was on a number of tablets.

Judge John King sought proof of this in the form of a medical report, but Ms Joyce said this was not available.

She said Kilmartin had a list of his medication on his phone but the Judge refused to accept it as he wasn’t a doctor.

Ms Joyce conceded there was nothing to say the defendant’s medication might have ‘affected him’.

Ms Joyce said the defendant was apologetic, did not know why he was in such a state on the night he was arrested and believed his drink may have been spiked.

Judge King instructed that a probation report be carried out remanded Kilmartin on continuing bail to appear in court again on November 15 to finalise matters.

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