A 22-year-old man pointed an imitation gun at the Gardai in Cork city
By The Headlines, April 2, 2023 | 10:25 PM
A young man who pointed an imitation gun at Gardaí in Cork City during an early morning incident informed the judge during sentencing that his mental health had improved significantly. However, he also stated that he was not taking the medication prescribed for him.
Judge Olann Kelleher expressed worries about the patient's medication status and decided to postpone sentencing until receiving a medical report.
Frank Buttimer, a solicitor, reported that John Doyle's mental health had significantly improved. He was cooperating with the probation services. John is 22 years old and resides at 11 Mossgrove, Classes Lake, Ballincollig in County Cork.
Judge Olann Kelleher stated that typically this would have resulted in custody. However, he chose not to do so.
The probation service’s report was very impressive and even exceeded expectations. The judge raised concerns about John Doyle's decision to not take the medication that had been prescribed to him, suggesting he might be putting himself in danger.
The sentencing was postponed until June 7 to determine the exact specifics of the case.
Judge Kelleher asserted that not taking medication carries a risk and demanded a report from experts to prove it.
Sergeant Pat Lyons reported that at 2 a.m., gardaí in Anglesea Street were alerted to a male with a gun on Grand Parade and were able to observe him through the CCTV system.
Garda Ann Marie Fitzgerald and Garda John Kerins of Gurranabraher garda station were the first to spot the man who then pointed a suspected firearm at them.
After departing from Grand Parade, he headed to Nano Nagle Bridge, where Garda Paul Dromey and Garda Kevin Hayes were present. On arrival, he allegedly pointed a firearm at these officers. The Armed Support Unit then came, disarmed him, placed him in custody and arrested him.