Monday 19 February 2018

'A nose might come off' - man threatens gardai in search row

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

A JOBLESS man threatened gardai “someone’s nose might be coming off” when they asked him to remove a ring during a drugs search.

Glen Kirkwood (43) “flew off the handle” when asked to remove the signet ring from his finger because gardai suspected it might be concealing heroin or cocaine.

No drugs were found on him during the search, but he was found guilty of using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Dublin District Court.

Judge John Cheatle adjourned the case and said he would apply the Probation Act if Kirkwood paid €100 to charity.

Kirkwood, of Nicholas Street, Dublin 8, had pleaded not guilty to the offence.

The court heard the incident happened at nearby Ross Road on August 22 this year.

A garda on patrol saw the accused getting out of his car and asked him to submit to a search.


Kirkwood cooperated with garda instructions initially, emptying his pockets.

However, he was then asked to remove the ring because the garda believed there might be drugs concealed underneath it.

Kirkwood said: “The ring isn’t coming off but someone’s nose might be.”

He kept “banging on and on” about this, the garda said.

The garda denied he told the accused he would pull the ring off. “Common courtesy goes a long way,” Kirkwood had said.

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