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'Cheeky' teenager hurled eggs and stones at gardai

A teenager who threw eggs and stones at gardai in two separate incidents has claimed that he's trying to stay out of trouble and now spends all his time "sitting in me room with me bird".

David Saunders (19) claimed that gardai "harass" him, but that he was picking up too many convictions, so he's keeping his head down and "doing what the coppers say".

A judge described Saunders as an "argumentative" and "impertinent" young man.

He added that his attitude to the gardai and members of the establishment was "not encouraging".

Judge David McHugh ordered that Saunders complete 220 hours' community service in lieu of six months in prison.

Saunders, with an address at Fassaugh Avenue, in Cabra, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of threatening and abusive behaviour.

Garda John Drennan said he was on mobile patrol on August 25 last year when he received reports of a gang of youths who were throwing eggs at passing motorists.

Garda Drennan said he drove to Fassaugh Avenue and when Saunders saw the patrol car he threw three eggs at the vehicle, hitting it once on the passenger door.

The garda told the court he was on beat patrol, again on Fassaugh Avenue, on October 7 last when Saunders threw stones at him.

The court heard there was a large group of youths at both incidents.

Saunders was among a number of teenagers who were throwing eggs and stones.

Saunders also admitted to taking a pedal bike from an apartment complex on November 1 last.

He cycled the bike to the Centra shop at Royal Canal Park, Cabra and ran away when he realised that he'd been followed by security staff.

The court heard that Saunders has 17 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.

Defence lawyer said that Saunders is doing work experience in a chipper and is trying to keep out of trouble.

Saunders told the court that he has not been in trouble for ages and that he's staying at home with his girlfriend -- and doing what he's told if he meets the gardai.

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