Drunk man resisting arrest threw traffic cones at Gardaí in Cork


A man accused of throwing traffic cones at gardaí during a drunken incident has claimed he worked in traffic management.

John Mkandawire, 30, was charged with being intoxicated and dangerous, threatening behavior and obstructive behavior.

Garda Michael O’Brien said he and his colleagues went to investigate a disturbance in Wellington Road, Cork, on Sunday April 3.

“He was very drunk and acting erratically. He was throwing traffic cones at gardaí.

“He screamed throughout the incident. He violently resisted arrest and obstructed.

“An incapacitating spray had to be deployed. He kicked and punched Garda Detective Mark Durcan in the face and head.

“He was observed by the gardaí committing all these offences.

Objection to bail

“There is objection to bail due to the seriousness of the charges, and the gardaí believe that if released he will likely escape justice,” Garda O’Brien said.

Defense attorney Joseph Cuddigan asked the guard who arrested him whether his fears would be alleviated if the defendant abstained completely from intoxicants. Garda O’Brien agreed that they would.

Mr Cuddigan called the defendant to give evidence in his bail application and asked: ‘How about abstaining from alcohol by the end of this case?’

Mr Mkandawire replied: “I will stay away from alcohol.”

Regarding the alleged evidence, he said: “I was out of my mind.”

Judge Olann Kelleher wanted to know if the defendant would be able to abstain from alcohol and he replied that he would.

He said he would be staying with a friend in Meadow Walk, Hollyhill, Cork.

Judge Kelleher asked if the defendant had a job and the defendant said he worked in traffic management.

“You worked in traffic management – and you are accused of throwing traffic cones,” the judge said.

Bail was granted to the defendant on the condition that he reside at the given address, abide by a 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, sign in daily at Gurranabraher Garda station, stay outside away from Wellington Road and abstain from intoxicants.

The case was adjourned until April 20 to allow time for a copy of the prosecution statements to be sent to the defence.

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