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Dad jailed for urinate threat over patrol car

A FATHER-of-two who threatened to "p*ss all over" a patrol car has been sentenced to seven months in prison.

Robert Fogarty (41) turned on gardai, called them "w**kers" and told them to "f*** off" when they tried to help him up off a busy street.

A court heard he was so drunk that he was unable to stand.

Fogarty, of Cardy Rock Court, Balbriggan, admitted before Swords District Court to public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to give his name and address to gardai.

The incident took place at Chapel Lane, in Swords, shortly before 7pm on September 16 last year.

Garda Deirdre Bradshaw said gardai received calls about a drunken man asleep on the ground at Chapel Lane.

Garda Bradshaw said she tried to arouse Fogarty, who became verbally abusive to her. He repeatedly called her a "w**ker", told her to "f**k off", and refused to give her his name and address.

Defence lawyer Brendan Foley said Fogarty started drinking and has suffered from depression as a result of a bitter and long-running dispute with his ex-partner.

The judge fined him a total of €1,050.

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