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Thursday 19 October 2017

I'll have you shot, teen tells garda

A TEENAGER threatened to have a garda shot when he confronted him for drinking in public in a south Dublin park.

Shane McKeever (19) said he'd get someone to "plug" the officer who found him drinking beer in a Donnybrook park, the court heard.

Judge Timothy Lucey remanded him on bail for a day to establish whether or not McKeever was the subject of a suspended sentence.

The judge found the accused, of Swan Grove, Rathmines, guilty of breach of the peace at Herbert Park, Dublin 4.

McKeever had denied the offence. The arresting garda told Dublin District Court he went to the park at 7.25pm on August 18 following a complaint. McKeever was with other people and was the only one who remained at the scene when told to move on.

He was drinking from an open can of Budweiser and said if any garda took it off him, he would have them shot.

"He told me to f**k off, he would have me shot, he said you're f**king garda scum, f**king rats and I'll have you plugged," the arresting garda told the court.



Conflict

The defendant threw a cigarette lighter at the garda when he went to arrest him but it hit a patrol car.

At Donnybrook Garda Station, he continued to threaten gardai, saying: "I'll have you f**king shot, you garda scum, you are f**king rats."

The accused denied making any of the remarks or throwing the lighter.

"I didn't say anything like that," he told the court. "I didn't throw a lighter, I don't have a lighter, I don't even smoke."

He said his can was not open, and he was not drinking. He said the garda came and took the alcohol without saying anything.

Judge Lucey said that there was such a conflict in evidence, the two sides did not even "meet in the middle". But the judge said he accepted the garda's evidence "100pc" and believed that the defendant had "put it up to" the officer.

McKeever had 31 previous convictions. The case was adjourned for a day.

aphelan@herald.ie

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