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Thursday 8 December 2016

Anger course for driver who threatened to punch garda

Anthony Guildea ‘clenched his fists and gritted his teeth’
Anthony Guildea ‘clenched his fists and gritted his teeth’

A motorist who told a garda he would "punch the head off you and put you in a cell" after he was stopped has been given a two-month suspended sentence.

Anthony Guildea (33) has also been ordered to take a course in anger management as a result of his aggressive reaction.

Guildea reacted the way he did because he believed he was being cautioned over a driving offence he claimed he did not commit, according to his solicitor, Fiona Brennan.

Gda Quinn Hanley told Blanchardstown District Court that he signalled for Guildea to stop at Wellview Avenue in Mulhuddart.

"He became very aggressive, clenching his fists and gritting his teeth," Gda Hanley told the hearing.

He added that Guildea said he would "punch the head off me and put me in a cell".

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Guildea, of Hayworth Terrace, Ongar Park, Dublin 15, pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour last April 18 at Wellview Avenue.

A charge of having no driving licence was struck out.

Guildea has five previous public order convictions, the court heard.

Ms Brennan said Guildea has "no excuse" for the way he reacted.

"His licence was taken for examination but he believed he was being cautioned over a driving offence and reacted that way. He apologises for his behaviour," she said.

She said queries had arisen over his driving licence, which was valid, and if he had behaved in a compliant way he would not be before the court.

Judge David McHugh said Guildea has "anger management difficulties".

He ordered him to complete an anger management course and handed down the two-month suspended sentence.

He fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal.

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