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Saturday 19 October 2019

Shirtless drunk with 'busted lip' in 'ginger' garda jibe

David Lee had a number of previous convictions
David Lee had a number of previous convictions

A drunken man called gardai "every name imaginable" after pulling open a patrol car door and telling them he would "batter" passers-by, a court heard.

David Lee (37) shoved one garda in the chest and called another a "ginger c**t" in the disturbance in Dublin city centre.

Judge John Hughes gave him a two-month suspended sentence and fined him €750.

Father-of-three Lee, of Harcourt Street, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were on patrol at Lower Rathmines Road at 12.15am last November 11 when they were called to a disturbance outside the Bowery Pub.

Gardai saw Lee standing outside, shirtless, with a "busted lip" and remonstrating with a group of people.

He was shouting and pointing at people before approaching the patrol car and pulling open the passenger door.

He began threatening to "batter" passers-by, then ran across the road, causing oncoming traffic to stop suddenly, endangering himself and road users.

Abuse

A garda followed him, and Lee continued to shout at people outside the pub that he was going to "batter" them.

When confronted, he told the garda to "f**k off" and shoved him in the chest.

He shouted insults and abuse when taken to Rathmines Garda Station.

Lee had been upset at having been punched by somebody, but accepted this did not excuse his behaviour, his solicitor Kate McGhee said.

In an earlier incident, on South William Street on Nov- ember 19, 2017, Lee threw a punch at a member of kitchen staff from a pub who was on a break.

He was so intoxicated he was unable to function properly, the garda said. Lee maintained he was on the phone trying to contact gardai when they arrived.

He had a number of previous convictions, and was working as a warehouse operative.

His use of alcohol had "gone down dramatically," Ms McGhee said.

Lee had called gardai "every name imaginable", Judge Hughes said.

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