Reveller waved table leg as he taunted gardai
Fight: Man wanted to take on seven officers
A HALLOWEEN reveller armed with a table leg attempted to goad a public order unit of seven gardai into fighting him, telling them he would take them all on, a court heard.
Daniel Martin (25) claimed he took the chair leg off another youth after his younger brother, who plays football in the UK, rang him to say there had been an incident with a group of youths.
Martin claimed he was very anxious that his brother wouldn't get into any trouble.
A judge sentenced Martin to three months in prison, suspended for one year.
The defendant, of Greenfort Crescent in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to charges of threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to follow the directions of a garda.
The incident took place at Coldcut Road in Clondalkin on November 1 last year.
Garda Brendan Macken said he was on mobile patrol in the public order van shortly after 2am when gardai received reports of a large fight between up to 25 youths.
Garda Macken said the rest of the group ran away, but Martin stood there holding the leg of a table. He was asked to drop it but he didn't do so, and the table leg had to be taken forcibly from him.
The garda said Martin was directed to leave the area, but failed to do so and started goading gardai, saying that he wanted to fight them.
The court heard that Martin had 41 previous convictions, including previous for road traffic matters and public order offences.
Defence solicitor Mairead White said Martin was enjoying a Halloween party with his friends when his brother, who is 17, rang him to say there had been an incident with a group of youths.
Ms White said Martin was anxious his brother didn't get into trouble, and he took the leg of the table off another individual when he arrived on the scene.
The court heard that Martin developed a heroin problem while he was in prison but had been clean for two years.
Judge Patrick McMahon, sentencing Martin, said that he was "no angel".