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Thursday 25 May 2017

'Nasty' dad-of-three threatened to kill gardai in shop row

The accused had previous convictions but had a clean record for the last 10 years, a garda said. (Stock photo)
The accused had previous convictions but had a clean record for the last 10 years, a garda said. (Stock photo)

A Father-of-three who threatened to kill gardai and their families during a disturbance at a city centre shop turned into a "nasty person" when he drank, a court has heard.

Eric Maples (44) began shouting the threats at officers who woke him up when he was found sleeping drunk on the floor of a discount store in the afternoon.

Maples did not have a problem with drink, his lawyer said.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the case and said he would leave Maples without public order convictions if he made a donation to charity.

Maples, with an address at Cromcastle Court, Coolock, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace at Euro Store And More, Talbot Street.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at 1.50pm on November 26, 2015.

A member of the public flagged down a garda on duty to say there was a "bit of a commotion" going on inside the shop.

The gardai investigated and found an intoxicated man lying on the ground asleep in the shop.

Strike

When they roused Maples, he got to his feet and proceeded to "strike out" at the gardai, the court was told.

Maples was "extremely abusive" and made "several threats to kill, and other threats to the gardai and their families".

Maples was arrested and taken to a garda station.

The accused had previous convictions but had a clean record for the last 10 years, a garda said.

Maples had no recollection of the events, his solicitor Tony Collier told the judge.

He drank to excess the previous night and the next day and apologised for his actions.

Maples had no alcohol or drug difficulties, Mr Collier said.

"He is better off not drinking alcohol because he turns into a nasty person when he does," Judge Halpin said. "It doesn't suit him."

The judge adjourned the case to February 22 and said he would strike the charges out if the accused donated €50 to the Little Flower charity.

Free legal aid was granted following an application by Mr Collier.

The accused was remanded on continuing bail.

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