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Monday 21 May 2018

'Sure, bring me to Cloverhill', reveller told gardai

A St Stephen's Day reveller told a garda he
A St Stephen's Day reveller told a garda he "didn't give a f*ck" and "sure, bring me to Cloverhill" after he tried to kick a taxi. (stock photo)

A St Stephen's Day reveller told a garda he "didn't give a f*ck" and "sure, bring me to Cloverhill" after he tried to kick a taxi.

Craig Smith (21) had tried to get into a number of taxis but was so drunk he did not realise they already had fares.

He apologised for his behaviour, claiming he was very embarrassed at acting "so silly".

Judge Dermot Dempsey sentenced Smith to three months in prison and told him to add-ress his alcohol problem.

The defendant, of Corduff Grove, Blanchardstown, admitted before Swords District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to follow the directions of gardai.

Gda Jennifer Quinn said she was on patrol at Rathingle Road, Swords, at around 4am last December 27 when a taxi driver stopped her to say Smith had tried to kick the door of his car.

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No damage was caused, and Gda Quinn directed Smith to leave the area.

He initially failed to move, but then walked off with a friend, who told gardai he would get Smith home.

Gda Quinn said she then saw Smith try to get into a second taxi, which was stopped at the traffic lights at the junction of Boroimhe Road and Pinnock Hill. This cab also had a fare and its doors were locked.

Gda Quinn said Smith tried to kick the door as it pulled off.

He was arrested, and told gardai: "Sure, I don't give a f*ck, bring me to Cloverhill, I don't give a f*ck."

The court heard Smith rec-eived an 18-month suspended sentence from the circuit court 12 days before this incident.

Defence lawyer Deirdre Flannery said Smith, a mechanic, was out celebrating on St Stephen's night and "clearly overdid it". He had little memory of his behaviour and was trying to get home.

Recognisances were set for an appeal.

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