first_imgGardai have dramatically dropped charges against a man whose car was seized by Gardai while he complained of having a heart-attack at the side of a road.Letterkenny court.Seamus Duffy, 50, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal facing a number of charges including obstructing Gardai and causing a breach of the peace. The charges related to an incident when Mr Duffy’s car was seized in Ballybofey on April 7th last year.During the incident Mr Duffy complained of feeling unwell, he refused to get out of the car.The car, with Mr Duffy’s medication inside, was eventually seized by Gardai.A few minutes later Mr Duffy collapsed to the ground clutching his chest.Passers-by called and ambulance and Mr Duffy, who has a heart condition and is attending Galway University Hospital, was taken to hospital.As part of his complaint to the Garda Ombunsman, Mr Duffy complained that officers had driven off while he was in need of medical attention.Gardai later delivered Mr Duffy’s medication to his home.He later made an official complaint to the Garda Ombudsman.The Ombudsman decided that two aspects of Mr Duffy’s overall complaint be investigated.They included that he had been verbally abused by one of the Gardai.It also ordered that an investigation be carried out into his claim that Gardai drove past him after he had collapsed and was lying on the ground and did not seek any assistance for him.As a result, the investigation found that the two officers were found to be in breach in discipline and “were found to be in breach of the Garda Siochana (Discipline) Regulations 2007 in relation to neglect of duty and were dealt with by way of Advice.”Now Gardai have dropped a number of charges in relation to the incident.Mr Duffy, of 11 Railway Road, Killygordon had been charged which breach of the peace and obstructing a garda as well as a charge of having no road tax.Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Judge Paul Kelly sitting at Letterkenny District Court that the public order charges were being struck out while the no road tax charge was proceeding.Duffy’s solicitor, Rory O’Brien, had requested CCTV footage from an on board camera in the Garda patrol car but was told this week that it was not available.He said his client, who had no previous convictions, wanted it pointed out that the footage had been requested.Mr O’Brien said civil proceedings are in existence in relation to the matter.He said other matters occurred after Duffy was detected for having no road tax but they “are not for this court”.The solicitor said the CCTV request was relevant to other proceedings.Mr Duffy pleaded guilty to having no road tax at Dreenan, Ballybofey on April 7th last year.Mr O’Brien said Duffy’s sister was very ill at the time and died shortly afterwards.Judge Kelly fined Duffy €200 for having no road tax.GARDAI DROP OBSTRUCTION CHARGES AGAINST MAN IN HEART-ATTACK CASE was last modified: May 9th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:BallybofeycourtdonegalGardaiHeart attackSeamus Duffylast_img read more