Dad gets 12 months in prison for abuse of gardai
A FATHER of one who claimed he was attacked after he got into a drunken slagging match with a pair of English tourists over a busker in Dublin's Temple Bar has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.
David Murray (34) told gardai to "f*** off", and said to an officer "you must be new, this is a f***ing joke".
Murray denied he ever encountered the two male gardai, claiming he was on O'Connell Bridge when a female officer "just smiled at me" and asked him to get into a garda van.
Judge Ann Ryan said Murray had been drinking and appeared to be talking about "another incident altogether".
The judge sentenced him to 12 months in prison.
The defendant, of Crosthwaithe Park West in Dun Laoghaire, was found guilty before Dun Laoghaire District Court of threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to follow the directions of a garda.
Garda Paul Burke said he was on plainclothes patrol in Temple Bar shortly before 11pm on December 2, 2008 when he saw Murray shouting at another man.
Gda Burke said he identified himself as a garda and directed him to leave the area, but Murray turned on him, shouting "this is a f**king joke, you must be f**king new".
The court heard Murray continued to shout "f**king w**k ers" at the other individual.
Murray claimed he was drinking in Temple Bar when he got into an argument with two English men about a busker. They was a scuffle, there were a few kicks and punches thrown, and he walked away as they seemed to be getting the better of him.