The graduatesBy William Q. HarmonThe St. Joseph Campus of the Stella Maris Polytechnic (SMP), a Catholic run tertiary institution in Monrovia, was last Friday a scene of jubilation when degrees in various academic disciplines were conferred on 452 students who had completed their prescribed courses.The excitement of parents, friends, family and students attending the convocation in the school’s huge, unfinished gymnasium was so intense that it spread outside to the crowds which jam packed the campus. The gym, which is still under construction, will be a state-of the art basketball court.Guest Speaker, the Chair of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority, Angelique WeeksShe described education as the foundation for everything, but said it must go along with the fear of God, patience, dedication and good work ethics. “This is the only way you are going to succeed in life,” she admonished the graduates.
A 20-year-old County Donegal man who downed a bottle of whiskey to drown his sorrows after a break-up with his girlfriend verbally abused a female Garda who went to help him, a court has heard.Charles Meehan, 20, Carrickballydoey, Manorcunningham, had been lying on a road in Oldtown Letterkenny on June 7th this year when passersby called the emergency services.Gda Leanne Harraghy attended the scene, as did an ambulance crew. Inspector David Kelly said Garda Harraghy had asked Meehan to sit down on a wall until an ambulance arrived.However Meehan told the garda he didn’t want to talk to her because she was a woman.“The defendant became extremely agitated and made a number of extremely abusive remarks to Garda Harraghy which were anti-women,” said Inspector Kelly.Meehan became violent, resisted arrest and other officers had to use pepper spray to restrain him.He had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the Garda station.Solicitor Lisa Finnegan said that Meehan had been drowning his sorrows.“He had been involved in a relationship and it had broken up and he bought a bottle of whiskey. He is not a regular drinker nor does he go out, but he drank it.“He has no recollection of what happened after that,” said the solicitor.She said her client had never been in trouble before and he had apologised to Garda Harraghy as soon as possible afterwards.Meehan, she said, would like to travel to Canada and was keen to avoid a conviction.Judge Paul Kelly told the court: It’s bad enough people abusing Gardai but these Gardai were actually on the way to the assistance of Mr Meehan after he was reported to be in an unconscious state – this is the thanks people get for assisting him.“The Garda was offensively abused on the basis of her gender. The drink involved doesn’t excuse it – nobody forced whiskey into you Mr Meehan. You are here as a result of your own actions.”Judge Kelly ordered Meehan to pay €250 to Donegal Youth Services and adjourned the case until July 22 to give him time to pay it.BROKEN-HEARTED MAN DRANK BOTTLE OF WHISKEY AND THEN ABUSED FEMALE GARDA was last modified: June 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BROKEN-HEARTED MAN DRANK BOTTLE OF WHISKEY AND THEN ABUSED FEMALE GARDA