Angry takeaway worker threw container of curry at garda van
A takeaway worker who threw a container full of curry at a patrol vehicle was angry because he believed a customer had thrown it at him.
Hui Trinh (27) had come out of the takeaway after he heard a commotion outside.
A court heard that youths had thrown eggs at a customer's car. Trinh had come out to help, but matters had gone awry.
Judge Bernadette Owens struck out the case, after Trinh paid €50 to clean the garda van and donated €100 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.
The defendant, of Kilmahuddrick Walk in Clondalkin, admitted before Tallaght District Court to criminal damage and threatening and abusive behaviour. The incident took place at Kiltalown Way in Tallaght on June 13.
Sergeant Eithne Madden said gardai were on mobile patrol at 7.35pm when they saw a crowd gathered outside a takeaway.
Sgt Madden said a female customer was upset, claiming that youths had thrown eggs at her car, and her daughter had also been hit.
The officer said the woman threw a container of curry toward the door of the takeaway, just as Trinh came out to see what was going on.
The sergeant said Trinh thought the food had been thrown at him. He picked it up and threw it back, but it hit the garda patrol van.
He also thought that the woman had called him names, and he reacted badly. The vehicle had to be professionally cleaned, which cost €50.
The court heard Trinh had never been in trouble before.
Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said that the incident outside the takeaway had absolutely nothing to do with the defendant, who was working and minding his own business.
Mr Hennessy said Trinh had heard shouting and had gone outside to see if he could help.
He thought that the woman had thrown food at him, and he reacted angrily, the solicitor said.
The court heard that Trinh is originally from Vietnam but is an Irish citizen.
Mr Hennessy asked the judge to leave Trinh without a conviction, saying he hopes to travel to Australia before Christmas.
Judge Owens said that in the circumstances she would strike out the charges if a donation was made to the Garda Benevolent Fund.