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Friday 24 November 2017

Day-trip dad shouted threats at gardai

A FATHER-of-two who was on his way to the park for a "lovely day out" with his son and daughter screamed threats and abuse at gardai in front of his children when he was stopped for questioning.

Enraged Kevin Doyle (23) told the two officers they were "finished", shouted profanities and filmed the officers on his mobile phone while one child, who was under 12 months old, burst into tears.

Judge David McHugh gave him a three-month sentence which was suspended for two years and said the only reason he was not going to jail was because of his family commitments.

Dublin District Court heard that as well as the two children, Doyle was also acting as a parent for his teenage brother and sister, following the death of their mother and father.

Doyle, of Cashel Avenue, Crumlin, had denied a charge of breach of the peace on August 22, 2009.

Garda Jacinta Gordon told the court that she and Garda Alan O'Neill stopped the accused at Captain's Road at 12.15pm.

When told he was going to be searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act, he became abusive, telling the gardai they were "finished" and asking: "who do you think you are?"

He took his mobile phone out of his pocket and started taking photographs of the officers.

He also said: "you guards are nothing but fools, f**k off".

aphelan@herald.ie

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