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I'll slash your throat - garda told by drunk

A REVELLER at a late-night party in a Dublin restaurant who threatened to slash a garda's throat with a glass when the officer came to clear the premises has been given a suspended sentence.



Gavin Tinton (21) was under the influence of what gardai believed were drugs and alcohol when he made the threat.

Judge Patricia McNamara suspended a two-month sentence after a probation report on the accused was presented to Dublin District Court.

She also ordered him to carry out 120 hours' community instead of another four-month sentence.

Tinton, with an address at Chelmsford Road, Ranelagh had pleaded guilty to garda obstruction, causing a breach of the peace and other offences in the three incidents.

The court heard previously that after he was arrested, he became violent while in custody, attempting to strike a garda and threatening to kill officers before urinating in his cell.

In a separate incident, he complained that he had been assaulted by five men in a city centre shop but when gardai viewed CCTV footage, they saw him provoking them by pushing a woman and "egging them on".

Garda Lee Gavin said he was called to an incident at Centra on Wellington Quay at 9.20pm on February 5 last.

The accused had been in an altercation with a number of men and had suffered an injury to his face.

He was shouting racially abusive comments in to the shop at a man of African origin whom had he said assaulted him.

When Garda Gavin viewed the CCTV footage, he could see the defendant pushing a lady and "egging a number of males on to start a fight".



Patrol

Garda Geoffrey Grogan said he was on beat patrol at Suffolk Street at 4.10am on October 9 last year when he saw a number of people drinking. There was a party taking place in the basement of Pacino's restaurant and the garda began clearing the premises.

Tinton approached him with an empty glass in his hand.

"He came within six inches of my face and said he would slash my throat with the glass," the garda said.

aphelan@herald.ie