Defendant tried to escape court when judge remanded him in custody
Garda suffered suspected broken jaw during attempt to restrain 40-year-old at Cork court
A judge had to be escorted from the bench and a garda suffered a suspected broken jaw when a defendant tried to escape from court after she refused him bail in Co Cork this morning.
One eye witness told The Irish Times: “He clearly took umbrage at her decision to remand in him custody and he just jumped up from the custody area and tried to make for the door.
“Now he cleared the railing like Superman but he was still a good distance away from door so the judge was never in any danger but he didn’t get very far because about six guards jumped on him.
“Now they didn’t come down too heavy on him but in the course of the melee, he kicked out and one of the guards, Willie O’Sullivan got a kick in the face and looked to be in some distress.”
According to a garda source, gardaí heard a loud crack when Mr McCarney kicked out and Garda O’Sullivan was taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment for a suspected broken jaw.
According to one solicitor, Judge Dorgan handled the whole incident in a very professional manner, exiting from the bench until the matter had been sorted out and Mr McCarney safely restrained.
“She wasn’t at all ruffled by the whole business - she just left the bench and came back about five minutes later to deal with some other matters so she was very calm and professional about it all.”