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Skerries man who shouted abuse at passing garda car had just broken up with girlfriend

Man, who was extremely intoxicated at the time, shouted “w**kers” at passing patrol car


Balbriggan District Court

Balbriggan District Court

Balbriggan District Court


A 26-year-old man who shouted “w**k*rs” as a garda patrol car passed him had just broken up with his girlfriend and was extremely intoxicated at the time, a court has heard.

Glenn McBride (26) pleaded guilty to engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Harbour Road, Skerries on July 17, 2022.

The defendant, of Mourne Grove, Skerries, also admitted possession of cannabis at Balbriggan Garda Station on the same date.

Balbriggan District Court heard the defendant’s reply to charge after caution was: “I’m sorry, I was intoxicated” to the public order charge and “No, I’m not saying nothing” to the possession of drugs charge.

The court presenter said gardaí were on mobile patrol at Harbour Road when they observed the accused shouting “w**k*rs” as the patrol car passed.

Gardaí stopped the vehicle and McBride was arrested and conveyed to Balbriggan Garda Station where he was searched and a small amount of cannabis was found.

McBride has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Fiona Kelly said the defendant was “extremely apologetic” for what happened.

He had just broken up with his girlfriend of three years and had gone out drinking that day.

He was “upset and distressed” and what he had done and is someone who is unlikely to trouble the court again.

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McBride has family in Australia and is hoping to travel to visit them she said.

The defendant had €100 with him in court and she asked the judge to deal with the matter by way of charitable contribution.

However, Judge John O’Leary said this was a very serious matter and he would only consider dealing with it in this way if the amount reflected the seriousness of the offence.

He said by purchasing cannabis McBride was supporting the most serious kind of criminal activity.

Adjourning the case to October 13, he said if a €1,000 donation was made to Merchant’s Quay Ireland on that date then the charges would be struck out.

If not then a conviction and a €500 fine would be imposed in respect of each charge.