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Saturday 21 October 2017

Man said he'd smash bottle in garda's face

A MAN who confronted a garda with a beer bottle and threatened to smash it in his face in the early hours of St Stephen's Day, has been given a two-month suspended sentence.

Alan Plunkett (42) also told gardai, who had to use a baton and pepper spray to restrain him, that he would "bite the first f***er who cuffs me".

The defendant had been drinking the Romanian equivalent of poitin with Romanian neighbours and said he had no memory of the incident, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Plunkett, of Westbourne Close, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to the production of an article, namely a bottle, during the course of a dispute on December 26, 2013.

Gda Warren Farrell said officers were called to Westbourne Avenue at 2.50am as an altercation was taking place.

He said Plunkett was in the front garden of a house and armed with an empty beer bottle. He told them: "Get the f*** out of my garden before I smash the bottle in your faces."

Plunkett, who has 25 previous convictions, does not remember the incident, said his solicitor, Simon Fleming.

"He has apologised to gardai. He was drinking the Romanian equivalent of poitin with the neighbours," added Mr Fleming.

Judge David McHugh imposed the sentence.

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