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Friday 9 December 2016

Dad blocked road with fridge and threw bricks at gardai

The accused admitted offensive conduct, unlawfully preventing the free passage of a vehicle, breach of the peace and public drunkenness
The accused admitted offensive conduct, unlawfully preventing the free passage of a vehicle, breach of the peace and public drunkenness

A father-of-one blocked a road with a fridge and when gardai arrived he pelted their car with bricks.

David Dwyer (33), an alcoholic, was drunk when he went berserk outside his home.

Describing his behaviour as "outright thuggery", Judge David McHugh said he would jail him for three months, but deferred sentencing at the request of his lawyer.

Dwyer, of Deansrath Avenue, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to public order offences in the incident on July 20 last.

He admitted offensive conduct, unlawfully preventing the free passage of a vehicle, breach of the peace and public drunkenness.

Sergeant Mary Doherty told Blanchardstown District Court gardai were called after it was reported a man was on the street with a "golf club or sword".

When they arrived after 4am the accused jumped a wall at his house and began screaming at the gardai, throwing bricks at the patrol car.

He ran towards it in a violent and threatening manner, pulling his T-shirt over his face.

The accused was an alcoholic who had a "slip" and realised his behaviour was appalling, his solicitor Matthew Kenny said.

Dwyer, a lone parent, was sole carer for his son and the incident happened while he was on respite.

It was a "constant struggle" to raise the child and deal with his alcoholism, Mr Kenny told the court.

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