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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Father-of-two wanted gardai to delay arrest

When officers refused to leave, Derek Reddin (27) lashed out at them
When officers refused to leave, Derek Reddin (27) lashed out at them

A man asked gardai to come back to his house "in an hour" because he did not want his two children to see him being arrested.

When officers refused to leave, Derek Reddin (27) lashed out at them.

Judge Anne Watkin imposed a three-month sentence.

The defendant admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to lashing out at Gda Peter O'Flynn and assaulting Gda James Wall by spitting at him last October 27.

The court heard gardai went to Reddin's home at Watson Drive, Killiney, to arrest him in relation to another matter, but he became irate and told officers to "come back in an hour".

When Reddin was told this was not possible, he lunged at Gda O'Flynn, swinging his arms, lashing out at him and violently resisting arrest.

Sgt Thomas Doran said Reddin hit out at Gda O'Flynn, scratching his face, before he was subdued and arrested.

He was handcuffed by gardai and while they were waiting to take him back to the station he spat in Gda Wall's face.

Defence lawyer Marc Murphy said a large number of gardai called to the defendant's home to arrest him.

Concern

He answered the door and indicated he would go with them if they came back in an hour.

Mr Murphy claimed Reddin's two young children were in the house and he did not want them to see him being arrested.

Mr Murphy said gardai told Reddin they would not come back later and Gda O'Flynn went to take his arm. He said Reddin then lashed out and "matters got out of hand".

Mr Murphy said Reddin is completing a horticulture course and has no drink or drug problems.

Judge Watkin said Reddin's behaviour did not suggest a "genuine concern" about his children.

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