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Drunk father-of-three sentenced to three months for abusing gardai

A FATHER-of-three who was highly intoxicated and began 'frothing at the mouth' while verbally abusing gardai has been sentenced to three months in prison.

Keith Ward, who has 16 previous convictions, approached gardai who were attending to a separate incident and began to threaten them.

Ward (25) of Northern Close, Belcamp Lane in Dublin 17 pleaded guilty to refusing to give his details, using threatening and abusive behaviour and being intoxicated at Waterside, Malahide on March 24th.

He refused to give gardai any details after gardai asked him under Section 24 of the Public Order Act to provide his name and address.

Ward replied “Under Section 16 of the police act I don't have to tell you nothing.”

Judge Dermot Dempsey remarked “Where did he study the law?” stating that he quoted an incorrect act.

Defence solicitor Ms Fiona Darcy said Ward, who "fell of the wagon" and began drinking again last month was highly intoxicated at the time.

She explained that when Ward drinks, it gets him into trouble and he has now stopped drinking.

“He has learnt his lesson, he fell off the wagon and is now paying the price for it," said Ms Darcy.

Judge Dempsey said he does not know how he can avoid a custodial sentence and said Ward has shown no remorse and no apology.

“He should be thinking of his children before mis-quoting the law and abusing gardai,” remarked Judge Dempsey.

He imposed a three month sentence for not providing correct details and a two month sentence for using threatening and abusive behaviour to run concurrent. He fixed recognisance in the event of an appeal.

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