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Sunday 17 December 2017

Man arrested after domestic row tried to get out of garda car

Anton Geoghegan pleaded guilty to a public order offence
Anton Geoghegan pleaded guilty to a public order offence

A man became "aggressive" toward gardai investigating a domestic row, then tried to get out of a patrol car after he was arrested, a court has heard.

Anton Geoghegan (26) was irate when officers attended an argument between him and his girlfriend that had become "heated".

Judge David McHugh fined him €99 when he admitted a public order offence.

Geoghegan pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour outside his home in Neilstown Park, Clondalkin.

Blanchardstown District Court heard gardai found the accused "very irate and aggressive".

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Geoghegan left the scene but returned afterwards and continued to be abusive.

Issues

He was arrested and taken to Ronanstown Garda Station.

He had previous convictions for motoring and other offences.

Defence solicitor Kelly Breen said that, in the summary of evidence provided to her, there was no indication the accused had returned to the scene.

Sgt Callaghan said her evidence was that Geoghegan was told to stand away, but came back over to the officers and was aggressive and threatening.

He was asked to calm down and was placed in a patrol car. He attempted to get out of it, Sgt Callaghan said.

Ms Breen said the defendant regretted his actions on the night and apologised for his behaviour.

There had been "issues" between him and his girlfriend and the situation got "extremely heated".

Things were in order between the two of them since then, Ms Breen added.

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