A FARM labourer who spat in a garda's face was angry because his mother had called the gardai on him, a court heard.
Martin Intenbers (23) repeatedly kicked and lunged out at gardai, and when he was placed in a cell he kicked and banged on the cell door for over an hour.
Judge Patrick Brady fined Intenbergs €750 and sentenced him to four months in prison.
The defendant, of Cruises Hill in Naul, admitted before Swords District Court to assaulting Garda Dominic Lynskey as well as violent behaviour in a garda station.
The incident took place at Balbriggan Garda Station shortly before 1am on November 18 last year.
Garda Derek Ryan said Intenbergs was arrested and brought to Balbriggan station on other matters and while he was in the custody area he spat out at Garda Lynskey, hitting him on the side of the face.
Garda Ryan said Intenbergs was extremely aggressive towards gardai, repeatedly kicking and lunging out at officers.
The defendant had no previous convictions.
Defence solicitor Donogh McGowan said Intenbergs was very drunk when he was arrested. Judge Brady said the defendant's conduct was totally unacceptable, and his punishment should be a suitable deterrent to others not to behave in a similar fashion.