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Friday 29 August 2014

Drunken teen kicked garda in the chest

EIMEAR COTTER

Published 22/03/2014 | 19:30

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Nathan Harold, Ratoath Avenue in Finglas, Public Order Matters at Blanchardstown District COurt yesterday.
NOTE; IDENTIFICATION WAS MADE BY COURT REPORTER NOT PHOTOGRAPHER.
Nathan Harold

A teenager has received a two-month sentence for kicking a garda in the chest and then headbutting a patrol car window.

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Nathan Harold (19) had to be sprayed with pepper spray by officers after he tried to escape from the garda vehicle.

His solicitor told a court that Harold has now moved out of the Finglas area and he is no longer abusing tablets, cocaine and ecstasy.

Judge David McHugh imposed a two-month sentence, suspending it for one year.

The defendant, of Ratoath Avenue in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and resisting arrest.

Garda Ciaran Geraghty said he was on mobile patrol around 5am on September 21, 2013 when he was called to Wellmount Crescent in Finglas.

Gda Geraghty said Harold was lying on the ground in a garden. He was very drunk, was topless and was being aggressive and verbally abusive to others. Gda Geraghty said the householder wanted Harold out of the garden and he issued a number of threats to gardai and to some of the 40 onlookers.

The garda said Harold was placed in the patrol car. He then headbutted the window and started kicking it.

  • When gardai went to stop him, Gda Geraghty said Harold kicked him twice in the chest and got out of the patrol car. Gda Geraghty confirmed Harold had to be sprayed with pepper spray so he could be arrested.

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