Thursday 20 October 2016

Man screamed 'disgusting names' at pregnant woman on the Luas

A MENACE who screamed "disgusting names" at a heavily-pregnant woman on the Luas for no reason was like "Jekyll and Hyde" when drinking, a court heard.

Jamie Curtis (21) terrified the young woman when he sat across from her on the tram and began shouting a tirade of obscenities at her.

In another incident, he stole a seized car from a garda station car park.

Judge Michael Walsh jailed him for three months at Dublin District Court and handed him another suspended six-month sentence.

Curtis, of Cherryorchard Parade, Ballyfermot, admitted using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour on the tram from Abbey Street to Heuston Station on March 24 this year.

Garda Sergeant Gail Smith told the court the woman called to Kilmainham Garda Station to make a complaint.

She was very upset and told how she had been on the Luas when the accused got on at Smithfield and sat down opposite her.

"He started shouting abuse at her for no apparent reason, calling her disgusting names," Sgt Smith said.


On May 28 this year, Curtis went to Ballyfermot Garda Station where a seized car was in the car park. He had the keys for this car and drove it away. It became lodged on waste ground and he fled.

Curtis admitted theft and public order charges in several other incidents. In one burglary, at 4am on June 2 last, Curtis was found in a garden shed with a flat-packed swing and a girl's bicycle.

On the same date, he went to Spar on Merrion Road, took six cans of beer and threatened a female member of staff.

Defence Solicitor Michael Kelleher said the defendant was "extremely pleasant" when sober. Mr Kelleher said it was "like Jekyll and Hyde".

"It seems to me that this gentleman is out of control," Judge Walsh said, imposing sentence.

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