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Sunday 17 December 2017

Threats by bodybuilder after partner's 999 call

A BODYBUILDER hurled abuse and threats at fire brigade personnel when they were called by his partner who feared he had "taken steroids".

Amir Essalhi (30) had locked himself into his car after a row with his partner when she became worried about him and called emergency services.

Blanchardstown District Court heard his behaviour continued when gardai arrived.

Judge David McHugh gave him a two-month suspended sentence for a public order offence.

Essalhi, of Millbrook Avenue, Coolock, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace at Meile An Ri Road, Balgaddy, on August 28 last.

The court heard gardai were called to the scene at 10.35pm after Dublin Fire Brigade requested assistance.

Essalhi's partner had been concerned for his welfare, Sgt Mary Doherty said.

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She told gardai she thought the accused had taken steroids and was worried about him.

The defendant had locked himself into a car.

When he was approached he was very agitated and aggressive to officers. He made "certain threats to damage property", Sgt Doherty said.

The court heard he had several previous public order convictions.

Defence Solicitor John O'Donoghue said there had been a domestic dispute and Essalhi had locked himself into the car after an argument.

The accused was a bodybuilder and she became concerned and called the emergency services because she feared he had taken steroids.

The defendant took exception to this and reacted in the way he did. He apologised for his behaviour and was embarrassed by what happened, Mr O'Doherty said.

"It was an event which got out of hand," he added.

Judge McHugh suspended the sentence for a year.

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