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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Abusive fan told garda 'I hope you die of Aids'

A FAN hurled abuse at a garda when he was thrown out of an All Ireland semi-final at Croke Park, telling the arresting officer he hoped he "died of Aids".

Sean Doyle (21) also swung a crutch at another garda when he was being arrested for drunken behaviour at a hospital A&E.

Doyle, who had been an alcoholic from the age of 14, had his case at Dublin District Court adjourned for a probation report when he admitted multiple public order offences.

The accused, with addresses at several Dublin hostels and at Kilfenora Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, public drunkenness and failing to obey gardai.

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The incidents happened at the Mater A&E department last August 7, Croke Park on September 9, 2012 and the Red Cow Luas stop on November 14 last year.

Gardai were called to the hospital, where Doyle had become abusive to staff. He was using crutches, which he swung at the investigating garda. There was no contact.

In the Croke Park incident, the court heard the Doyle was forcibly removed from the stadium. A garda directed him to leave the inner cordon area.

"He roared at the top of his voice, 'You are only a c***, I hope you die of Aids, you f***ing p****'," the garda said.

Gardai were called to the Luas stop because Doyle was in a dispute with security staff.

Judge Anne Watkin adjourned the case to January.

aphelan@herald.ie

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