Merriman, a Total Dangerous Gobshite, Judge Nolan, again, Busy Man?

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Man who threw firework that injured garda during anti-lockdown protest is jailed

“He kicked, punched and discharged a weapon,” Judge Nolan

Jake Merriman
Jake Merriman
Jake Merriman (31), of Meadowlands Avenue, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, leaving Dublin District Court on an earlier date and right, the protest last February
Jake Merriman (31), of Meadowlands Avenue, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, leaving Dublin District Court on an earlier date and right, the protest last February
Jake Merriman (31), of Meadowlands Avenue, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, leaving Dublin District Court on an earlier date and right, the protest last February
Jake Merriman (31), of Meadowlands Avenue, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, leaving Dublin District Court on an earlier date and right, the protest last Februar

12th October 2022

A garda’s eardrum was perforated after a protestor at an anti-lockdown demonstration threw a firework into the crowd, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

Jake Merriman (31) was jailed for 20 months today after he pleaded guilty to endangerment on Grafton Street, Dublin on February 27, 2021. Additional charges of assaulting two gardaí were taken into account after the court heard that Merriman also punched a garda in the face and kicked another garda in the testicles.

Merriman of Meadowslands Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, later told gardaí that he had no intention of causing trouble that day. He said he had been drinking the night before and had decided to head into town for the protest. “It was meant to be a bit of a laugh,” he said. Merriman has minor previous convictions that were dealt with in the District Court.

Detective Sergeant Patrick Traynor accepted that a juvenile handed Merriman the firework, lit it and then Merriman threw it into the crowd. It landed close to Garda Mark Walsh, perforating his right ear drum. The garda has since fully recovered, but his hearing was impacted for some time.

Judge Martin Nolan said Merriman took a very active part in the demonstration and behaved in a very violent manner.

He noted from a victim impact statement, which was not read out in court, that Gda Walsh was in considerable pain and distress and lost his hearing for some time.

“He worried for some time that he would not be able to return to his role, but thankfully his hearing has recovered,” Judge Nolan said.

“He (Merriman) was violent, aggressive and hostile on the day. He aggravated the situation and caused considerable difficulties for the demonstrators and the gardaí,” the judge continued before he said Merriman deserved a custodial sentence.

Jake Merriman
Jake Merriman

“He kicked, punched and discharged a weapon,” Judge Nolan said while acknowledging that Merriman had not intended to cause the damage he did when he threw the firework.

He sentenced Merriman to three years in prison with the final 16 months suspended on strict conditions including that he hands over €5,000 for Gda Walsh, should he choose to accept it.

The court heard that Merriman, who runs his own power washing business, had €10,000 in court as a token of his remorse.

“Gardaí have a difficult time, particularly on that day. He brought his fair share of hostility and anger,” Judge Nolan said.

Det Sgt Traynor told John Moher BL, prosecuting that Merriman had been vocal and abusive and had been throwing glass and plastic bottles at gardaí earlier that day before he punched and kicked the two gardaí.

He later told gardaí it had been his intention to cause a disturbance and make noise.

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