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Thursday 21 June 2018

Plumber hit garda car when he threw bottle on night out

Michael McCabe claimed he was trying to break up a fight
Michael McCabe claimed he was trying to break up a fight

A man attending a work Christmas party accidentally hit a garda car when he threw a glass bottle at a group of people, a court heard.

Father-of-one Michael McCabe (29) claimed he was trying to break up a fight in which his friend was involved.

He said he reacted badly as he was trying to defend his friend.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered McCabe to complete 240 hours of community service in lieu of two months in jail.

The defendant, of Primrose Grove, Darndale, admitted before Swords District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and possession of cocaine last December 23.

The court was told the def-endant was on New Street, Malahide, at 1.30am when he threw a glass bottle towards a group of about 10 people.

Damage

The bottle fell short but hit the side of a garda car that had arrived in the area. No damage was caused to the vehicle.

When gardai attempted to restrain McCabe, who had 31 previous convictions, a number of males tried to assault him.

"He was threatening and abusive in his behaviour," a garda told the court.

When he was taken to the garda station, McCabe was found in possession of €100 worth of cocaine, which he claimed cost him €50.

His solicitor said a group of 10 to 12 people approached McCabe in a threatening manner.

However, the prosecuting garda said he did not see the group approach the defendant before the bottle was thrown.

The solicitor said McCabe worked as a plumber but was on temporary lay-off.

"He was out at a work party when one colleague ended up in a fight with the group and he attempted to break it up and threw the bottle to defend his friend," the solicitor said.

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