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Friday 2 December 2016

Party-goer told gardai he would 'box' them

A teenager pointed a gun at a dad-of-three who refused him entry to his daughter's 16th birthday party
A teenager pointed a gun at a dad-of-three who refused him entry to his daughter's 16th birthday party

A FATHER-of-three who got drunk at a party with "old friends" shouted threats at gardai after they arrested him for his own safety.

Terry O'Brien (26) told officers he would "box the heads off" them.

Judge David McHugh fined him €200 at Blanchardstown District Court.

O'Brien pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Orchard Lane, Clondalkin, last August 7.

The court heard he had initially been arrested for drunkenness only. On release, he became highly aggressive and confrontational towards gardai.

Fists

He told them to "f*** off" and threatened to "box the heads off you". His fists were clenched and he said it would take more than three of them to "take" him.

O'Brien, of Reuben Walk, Rialto, had been at a party and drank more than he could handle, his solicitor Matthew Kenny said.

He made a forthright apology for his actions.

"It's more than regrett- able, it is criminal behaviour and he should not have behaved like that," Mr Kenny said.

"He should have appreciated that he was taken from the road where he was not able to look after himself."

O'Brien was on a community employment scheme and had previous convictions.

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