Thursday 17 August 2017

Man fined for 'baldy p***k' rant at garda

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Andrew Phelan

A DRUNKEN taxi passenger who called a garda a "baldy p***k" when he was told to get out believed his drink had been spiked.

David O'Brien (23) hurled abuse at gardai after the taxi driver flagged them down on Newlands Road, Clondalkin, on March 18 last year.

O'Brien, of Cherry Orchard Apartments, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to public intoxication, breach of the peace and failing to obey gardai.

Judge David McHugh fined him €150 after observing that O'Brien had admitted a "hat-trick" of public order offences.

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Blanchardstown District Court heard gardai on patrol were flagged down by a taxi driver who said he was having difficulty with a passenger.

When he was asked to get out of the taxi, O'Brien did so but became abusive, calling the officer a "w**ker" and a "baldy p***k".

He was aggressive, screaming and drunk, Sgt Maria Callaghan told the court. O'Brien was asked to leave the area and failed to do so, continuing to shout profanities.

He had no previous convictions. He believed his drink may have been spiked, his lawyer said.

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