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Sunday 17 December 2017

Alcoholic dad (30) who abused gardai jailed for 9 months

Father-of-two Christopher Reilly is to appeal his conviction
Father-of-two Christopher Reilly is to appeal his conviction

A passenger got out of a car parked at a bus stop and shouted to a garda: "What the f**k do you want?"

Christopher Reilly (30) was aggressive, had to be restrained and spat at a cell door after he was arrested.

Swords District Court heard Reilly has alcohol problems, but Judge Conal Gibbons said he had behaved appallingly towards officers and sentenced him to nine months in prison.

Reilly, of Cianlea, Swords, admitted using threatening and abusive behaviour in Main Street, Swords, last December 19.

Gda Michael McCallion said he was on patrol at around 1.25am when he approached a vehicle parked at a bus stop.

Gda McCallion said Reilly got out of the car, asked him "What the f**k do you want?" and added: "Go f**k yourselves, you b*****ds."

Reilly was arrested and taken to Swords Garda Station. He was aggressive and spat on a cell door, which then had to be cleaned.

Stealing

Reilly also admitted leaving the Emo Service Station in Garristown last February 24 without paying for €40 worth of petrol, as well as driving without in- surance at the same time and place.

He further admitted to stealing beer and spirits worth €88 from Eurospar, Skerries Point, last August 9.

The court heard Reilly has 137 previous convictions, including 23 for theft-related matters and 16 for uninsured driving.

The father-of-two's defence lawyer said Reilly was released from jail last Thursday and relies on the support of his family.

She said he left school early and "idle hands" resulted in him developing a serious problem with drink.

It escalated after his father's death three years ago.

He only recently started att- ending AA meetings, the court heard, and is hoping to get into rehab in Athy.

Reilly immediately appealed the conviction.

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