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Thursday 24 August 2017

Drunk called gardai 'cowards' and 'a joke'

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A man called gardai "f**king cowards" and accused them of not dealing with "ganglands"

A MAN who was drunk and called gardai "f**king cowards" and accused them of not dealing with "ganglands" had a bench warrant issued for his arrest after he was found guilty in his absence of a number of public order offences.

Wayne McAuley (30) failed to appear before Swords District Court to answer a number of charges including being intoxicated, failing to comply with garda direction and using threatening and abusive behaviour at Bridge Street, Balbriggan on August 8 last year.

Judge Dermot Dempsey proceeded with the case on a not guilty basis but on hearing the evidence he found McAuley guilty.

McAuley, of Kerlogue Road, Irishtown, was found by Garda Nicola Rooney to be staggering in the middle of the road at Bridge Street in the town, drinking from a can of beer at 6.15am. Gardai were dealing with another incident nearby when McAuley, who was ordered to leave the area, refused to do so.

Gda Rooney said McAuley took out his mobile phone and started to video gardai.

He then lay down on the road beside the patrol car.

"He started shouting 'you f**king cowards, you won't deal with ganglands, you are a f**king joke," said Gda Rooney.

Garda Barry Griffen said when McAuley was released from custody he continued being abusive at the garda station calling a garda a "fat c**t".

Judge Dempsey issued the warrant for McAuley's arrest for the purposes of sentencing him.

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