Sunday 19 November 2017

Dublin supporter told garda he would 'loaf the head off her' after a day of drinking during All-Ireland final, court told

Nicola Donnelly

A DUBLIN GAA supporter, who told a garda he would 'loaf the head off her' and threatened to kill other gardai following a day of drinking during last year's All Ireland final, may escape a prison sentence if he is deemed suitable for community service.

Damien Murtagh of Latchfield Drive in Phibblestown in Clonee, Dublin 17 pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour and being intoxicated at The Old Boro pub in Swords on September 22nd, 2013. He further pleaded guilty to violent behaviour at Swords Garda Station and refusing to give gardai his name and address.

Garda Elaine Duffy gave evidence at Swords District Court that she was called to the pub after complaints were made by staff that they had asked Murtagh to leave because he was too drunk but he refused to leave the pub's car park.

'He then left but returned a few moments later and left again,' said Gda Duffy. She said Murtagh had returned to the car park for a third time and became verbally abusive towards her.

'He was highly intoxicated and told me he would loaf the head off me. He also threatened to kill other gardai,' said Gda Duffy. She said Murtagh has 21 previous convictions including six for public order offences.

Defence solicitor Mr Michael Finnucane said the 28-year-old was watching the All-Ireland final between Dublin and Mayo with his friends in the pub.

'He had consumed quite a lot of alcohol and when he left the pub he was trying to get back in to get money off his friends to get a taxi home.

'His memory of the night is not clear and he agrees his behaviour was appalling,' added Mr Finnucane.

Judge Dermot Dempsey remanded Murtagh on continuing bail until April for a Probation & Welfare Report. He said he would consider handing Murtagh 240 hours community service in lieu of two months in prison if he is deemed suitable by the Probation Services.

Irish Independent

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