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Thursday 23 November 2017

Vodka binge dad in threat to stab gardai

A FATHER of two who threatened to stab gardai after he was arrested for being drunk on the street had downed a bottle of vodka and had no recollection of the incident.

Jason Richardson (22) made the threat as he was being searched in a garda station after refusing to give his name.

Judge Victor Blake ordered him to carry out 210 hours community service to avoid a prison sentence.

Richardson, of Cloverhill Road, Clondalkin, admitted public drunkenness, breach of the peace, refusing to give his name and violent behaviour in a garda station.

Garda Gareth Kane told Dublin District Court he saw the accused stumbling at Aston Quay at 11.10pm on February 7.

When the garda asked him his name, "he told me to f**k off and getting his name was the last thing I'd do", said the garda.

Richardson was arrested and taken to Pearse Street Garda Station, where the verbal abuse continued. "He threatened to stab myself and another colleague while being searched," the garda told the court.



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Defence solicitor Noelle Kenny said Richardson had been heavily intoxicated and had little recollection of the night.

"He consumed more than a full bottle of vodka on the day," she said. "He wouldn't normally drink to that extent and he apologises. He doesn't remember it, but he accepts it and is very regretful."

Judge Blake said: "Intoxication from drink is no excuse."

aphelan@herald.ie

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