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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Drunk who told gardai he'd kill them arrested twice in two hours

Francis Hunt (24), was arrested twice within the space of two hours for public order offences.. (stock photo)
Francis Hunt (24), was arrested twice within the space of two hours for public order offences.. (stock photo)

A young man who told gardai to "go f**k themselves" and threatened to kill them was arrested twice within the space of two hours for public order offences.

Francis Hunt (24) jumped out of his parents' car after he had been released from garda custody and was rearrested when he started to verbally abuse them.

Judge Alan Mitchell fined Hunt €250 for the second set of offences, as he said the defendant had not learned his lesson after he was released from custody.

The defendant, of Strandhill Road in Portmarnock, pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to being intoxicated and using threatening and abusive behaviour at Old Yellow Walls Road in Malahide on May 9, 2017.

He further admitted public intoxication and using threatening and abusive behaviour at Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock on the same date.

The court heard the first incident happened at 6.30pm while the second had taken place at 8pm.

Sergeant Niall Phelan said the defendant was lying on a grass verge, intoxicated, and was a danger to himself and the public, on Old Yellow Walls Road in Malahide.

Threatened

When gardai arrived, Sgt Phelan said that the defendant started to shout "go f**k yourselves" and threatened to kill them. He resisted arrest and continued his behaviour in the garda station.

His parents arrived at the station and the defendant was released into their custody.

He then jumped out of his parents' car and started to verbally abuse them and was rearrested.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Hunt hadn't sobered up after the first incident and had a poor recollection of being arrested.

"He was on a drinking session and lost the run of himself," said Ms D'Arcy, adding that the defendant had fully engaged with the Probation Services and a positive report had been handed into court.

"He is adamant he won't drink in excess again and he has learned his lesson."

On hearing the defendant reoffended after he was released from custody, Judge Mitchell remarked: "I would have thought it would have been a sobering incident being at the garda station."

Fining Hunt, Judge Mitchell said he needed "to send out a message that these levels of intoxication are taking up valuable time".

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