Grieving forklift truck driver abused gardai
A FORKLIFT driver who shouted "f**k you, f**k you, you garda w**kers" at officers was drinking because he couldn't cope with the death of his father, a court heard.
David Lee (28) apologised for his behaviour, saying he discovered his father's body and he couldn't handle his grief.
A judge fined Lee €900 and ordered him to complete 175 hours community service in lieu of four months in prison.
The defendant, of Coultry in Ballymun, admitted before Swords District Court to two counts of public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.
The first incident took place at Main Street, Applewood, Swords, shortly before midnight on January 16, 2009.
Garda Michael Doherty said Lee was banging on a door and shouting abuse at the occupants of a house. He was very drunk and continued to be verbally abusive to gardai.
In relation to the second incident, Garda Conor Tumbleton said he was called to Castlegrange Hill in Swords at 1.30am on October 2 last year.
Lee was very drunk, and approached gardai shouting "f**k you, f**k you, you garda w**kers". The court heard that Lee had 18 previous convictions, mostly for public order and road traffic matters. Defence lawyer James O'Brien said Lee was an alcoholic, but was now attending AA meetings twice a week.
Mr O'Brien said the defendant occasionally fell off the wagon, but was doing his best to stay clear of alcohol.
The court heard the defendant was an out-of-work forklift driver, and he lost his job after his father's death in 2008, as he struggled to cope with his grief and was drinking too much.