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'Wild animal' who waved a knife at gardai avoids jail

A YOUNG man who waved a knife at gardai, threatened to kill them and kicked the wing mirror off a patrol car has been given a suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mark McNulty (20) of Ballyogan Avenue, Carrickmines, pleaded guilty to assaulting Garda David Kelleher and Garda Kenneth McDonald at Ballyogan Avenue on May 24, 2009.

He also pleaded guilty to criminal damage, producing a knife in the course of a dispute and obstructing arrest on the same occasion.

McNulty was described in court as "a wild animal" and Judge Tony Hunt commented that he would have sentenced him to two years prison if he had not apologised to gardai.

"The gardai have a difficult enough job to be doing without this class of carry-on," the judge said. He sentenced him to 18 months, suspended in full for two years on strict conditions.

Garda Kelleher told Ms Monika Leech, prosecuting, that gardai were called to an incident in Cabinteely where a large group of youths were fighting.

Gardai attempted to break up the row and as Garda Kelleher was arresting a youth, McNulty ran towards him, and shouted: "You are David Kelleher, you put me off the road for two years."

He tried to throw a punch at Garda Kelleher who drew his baton for his own protection as he was now surrounded by between five and seven youths, shouting threats to kill him.

McNulty ran into his home and emerged with what gardai described as a large knife and ran towards gardai shouting: "How tough are you now? I will f***ing cut you up."

He raised the knife above his head and ran towards a female garda, saying: "I will kill you, you bitch"

Garda Kelleher and Garda McDonald ran to her assistance and Garda McDonald was kicked in the chin.

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