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Saturday 21 October 2017

DAD-OF-3 WAS HALF-NAKED WHEN HE made threat to kill garda

THIS is the father-of-three who exposed his buttocks to a garda, threatened to kill him and claimed that all officers are gay.

Douglas Purcell (32) told Garda Stephen Walsh: "I'll get you on your own and I'll kill you".

Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing for three weeks to allow Purcell to get his affairs in order.

The judge described the evidence as "jaw-dropping".

The defendant, of Melville Square in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to disorderly conduct and failing to follow directions of gardai.

He also admitted to violent behaviour at Finglas garda station.

Gda Walsh said he was on routine patrol and leaving Melville Square on May 21 when Purcell came out of his house. Gda Walsh said Purcell was immediately abusive, shouting "f**k you, you pr**k" and "suck my pr**k". Gda Walsh said Purcell also claimed gardai are gay.

The court heard Purcell then pulled down his trousers, slapped his rear and exposed himself to gardai.

He also threatened Gda Walsh, saying "I'll get you on your own and I'll kill you". Gda Walsh said Purcell continued to kick out in the back of the patrol car as he was taken to Finglas garda station.

stripped

He was placed in a cell where he stripped and threw his clothes at gardai.

The defence said Purcell's wife suffers from depression and he is caring for her and three children. Ms Jackson accepted the evidence was "horrific", and asked for a three-week adjournment.

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