Man abused gardai after losing out on person of the year award
Published 14/03/2014 | 08:25
A DUBLIN man who repeatedly told gardai to “shut the f**k up” was upset at the time because his partner did not win a community award, a court heard.
Anthony Curley (33) was annoyed because Marian Fulham did not win the Tallaght Person of the Year 2013 award, and he took his irritation out on gardai.
His lawyer told a court that Ms Fulham had been nominated for the award, and the pair had a tiff as he was upset that she had nor won.
Judge Anthony Halpin imposed a two-month sentence, but suspended it for one year.
The defendant, of Donomore Crescent, Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to threatening behaviour and failing to follow the directions of gardai.
The incident took place at Whitestown Way, Tallaght, shortly before 1am last November 30.
Sgt Carmel Henry said Curley was verbally abusive to gardai, telling them to “shut the f**k up”.
She said he was directed to leave the area, as there were many people coming out of the Maldron Hotel, but he failed to go home. The court heard Curley has 17 previous convictions.
Defence lawyer Gabby Deane said Curley admits to having a colourful past. However, he has been in a relationship with Ms Fulham for the past seven months and it has changed his life.
Ms Deane said Curley battled a heroin addiction for nearly two decades, but has been clean for the past 18 months.
In relation to the incident, Ms Deane said Curley’s partner was nominated but did not win the award.
He was fed up about this, they had a tiff and he grabbed her handbag and stormed home.
Ms Deane said gardai stopped Curley because he was holding a woman’s handbag. He was in a bad mood and he reacted badly.