Tuesday 17 October 2017

Man who tells gardai 'go f**k your mothers’ given community service

Gardai are investigating the frightening robbery on the Old Cabra Road in Dublin this evening
Gardai are investigating the frightening robbery on the Old Cabra Road in Dublin this evening

Nicola Donnelly

A 21-year-old man who claimed he was intoxicated and used explicit language towards gardai including telling them to 'go f**k your mothers' because he had a drugs charge hanging over him, has been given community service work in lieu of a prison sentence.

Richard Woodruffe also called gardai 'pr**ks' and 'w**kers' outside a nightclub after a fight broke out between a number of other men.

Woodruffe of Mooretown Road in Swords pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to using threatening and abusive behaviour and being intoxicated outside The Wright Venue at Airside Retail Park on October 28th last year.

Garda Alan Carroll said he arrested Woodruffe at around 3am when a fight broke out at the nightclub.

"He continued to be abusive and shouted various insults at gardai," said Garda Carroll.

Woodruffe has seven previous convictions, including being handed down a four year sentence in January for drugs offences, which was suspended for four years, the court heard.

Defence solicitor Ms Fiona Darcy said Woodruffe was intoxicated on the night of the offences because of the pressure and stress of the drugs charges which were pending at the time.

"He is embarrassed and apologises for his behaviour," said Ms Darcy.

"He is very sorry and would be willing to do community service," she added.

Judge Dermot Dempsey handed Woodruffe 240 hours community service work in lieu of a two month prison sentence.

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