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Biker thug called garda a paedophile

A MAN called one garda a "paedophile" and another a "slut" after they caught him driving a scrambler motorbike without a licence or insurance.

Stephen McDermott (23) was given a two-month suspended sentence for insulting the officers, who stopped him for motoring offences and then seized his vehicle.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell, at Dublin District Court, also banned him from driving for a year and fined him €850.

ABUSIVE

McDermott, from Adare Avenue, Coolock, admitted using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace. But he denied driving without insurance or a licence over the incident in his area in August.

Judge O'Donnell convicted him on all counts, but dismissed related charges of driving without reasonable consideration and no motorbike helmet. The court heard gardai Deirdre McInerney, Eoin Beatty and Shaun Caffrey were in a patrol car when they saw McDermott on the scrambler.

Garda McInerney, who the defendant called "a slut, a whore and a c***", said he was driving at high speed, in a reckless manner and was disregarding other road users and children playing on the footpath.

"It was too fast for a built-up residential area", she told the court. "He said he would get us and that I wouldn't be so brave out of uniform",

McDermott was also "extremely aggressive and abusive" towards Garda Beatty, who followed the scrambler after noticing that it had no registration plates.

"He called me a paedophile, he called garda Caffrey a fat c*** and called garda McInerney a number of names", garda Beatty said, adding that the defendant had attempted to get onlookers involved. McDermott maintained that he had not driven the motorbike and claimed he had pushed it to a friend's house.

He said it was up against his friend's garage when a garda approached and asked him, "Do you know the attention span of a criminal?", after which he became annoyed.

FRUSTRATED

The defendant's solicitor said that while his client was frustrated, he appreciated his behaviour "went way too far."

"That is an understatement", Judge O'Donnell replied. "If he had any previous convictions for public order offences, he would be going to jail".

The court was told that McDermott had completed training courses in health and nutrition and was seeking work as a fitness instructor.

aphelan@herald.ie


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