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Sunday 19 August 2018

Drunk said he'd kill himself - gardai

A VIOLENT drunk told a garda he would hang himself in his cell and that it would be the officer's fault, a court heard.

Darren Hill (26) made the threat after swinging kicks and punches at gardai who arrested him for being drunk and a danger to himself and others.

A judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest and sentencing after he failed to appear in court for the hearing of the case against him.

Judge Paul Kelly found Hill guilty of charges of public intoxication and violent behaviour in a garda station. However, he was found not guilty of breach of the peace at a hospital where he was taken later that night.

The court heard the events began when gardai on patrol on June 8, 2010 at Main Street, Finglas when they came across the accused and his brother, Alan. The accused, of Berryfield Road, Finglas called gardai "w***ers" and was arrested and taken to Finglas Garda Station.

When he was taken to the cells, he threatened to hang himself and said it would be the arresting garda's fault if he did so. The garda removed the string from his tracksuit bottoms for his safety and he swung a punch at one officer, while trying to kick another.

After the cell door was closed he banged on it, screaming: "I'll f***ing kill all yous". A doctor was called and advised that the accused be taken to A&E.

aphelan@herald.ie

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