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Monday 18 December 2017

Five gardai were needed in arrest of violent drunk

Abuse: Officers used pepper spray

FIVE gardai were needed to arrest a drunken young male who struggled and hit out so violently that he had to be subdued with pepper spray, a court heard.

Glen Kilty (23) said he had been going through a bad patch and drinking too much, but claimed he had cleaned up his act as his girlfriend, who is heavily pregnant, has warned him she will not tolerate his behaviour.

A court heard that he kicked the front door of a private house, and when he was ordered to leave the garden he roared a torrent of abuse at gardai.

Judge James McDonnell criticised Kilty for going out drinking and leaving his girlfriend when she was pregnant. He sentenced Kilty to 30 days in prison.

The defendant, of White-church Court in Ballyboden, admitted before Tallaght District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at Maplewood Park in Tallaght on August 22.

Garda Sergeant Carmel Henry said gardai were on mobile patrol when they received a call about four men causing a disturbance in Maplewood estate.

Sergeant Henry said gardai warned the men to go home and left the area. Half an hour later they received a second call about the same group trying to kick a door at Maplewood Park.

Sergeant Henry said Kilty was asked to leave the garden, but refused, and was escorted off the premises. He was very drunk and roared abuse at the gardai.

He was violent, hitting out at the officers, and had to be restrained.

The court heard that it took five gardai to subdue Kilty, and they had to use pepper spray.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said Kilty had addiction and money problems, and also suffered depression.

Mr Tunney said Kilty's girlfriend was eight months pregnant and had warned him she won't tolerate his behaviour. He said the pair were going to counselling, and Kilty wanted to change.

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