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Irish Independent: Garda attackers fined and jailed

Published: Jul 12, 2007

THREE fisherman who formed a “rugby-like scrum” to force a garda into a drain during protests at the Corrib gas terminal, have been fined 500 each and sentenced to three months in prison.

Patrick O’Donnell (49) and his son Jonathan (21), of Porturlin Shore, Ballina, Co Mayo, were found guilty yesterday of assaulting Sgt Donal Glennon during a Shell to Sea protest in October.

In the Belmullet District Court, Judge Mary Devins sentenced Jonathan to a further month in prison and fined him 250 for assaulting Garda Barry Byrne on the same date.

The prison sentences are to run consecutively.

Enda Carey (21), Porturlin, Ballina, was also sentenced to three months in prison and fined 500 for assaulting Sgt Glennon.

At previous hearings, it was alleged that Sgt Glennon was “backflipped” into a drain during protests. Sgt Glennon said he landed head-first in water after being struck in the midriff.

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