A DUBLIN man who threatened to slit a woman's throat during a row outside a pub has been ordered to do community service.
Philip May (40) claimed he verbally abused the woman after she slapped him on the face. The matter was before the court for sentencing after a judge ordered a community services report.
Judge John Lindsay ordered May to complete 100 hours community services in lieu of two months in prison.
The defendant, of Moreen Close in Sandyford, had admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.
Garda David Bunn previously said he was on mobile patrol near Balally Shopping Centre in Sandyford at 4.30pm on June 27, 2012 when he received a call from two female gardai who were trying to separate a male and a female outside the Balally Inn.
Garda Bunn said the pair were shouting obscenities at each other. The court had heard that he directed May to leave the area but the defendant shouted, "I'm going to slit her f**king throat," to the woman.
Garda Bunn said he walked May to the car park, and heard him say on his mobile phone: "I don't care. Get everyone down here now."
The garda said he took this to mean the defendant was getting more people to the area and he arrested him.
The court heard that May, a father of one, had been drinking in the pub when there was an altercation between him and another woman.
May alleged she slapped him, but he admitted his language was unacceptable.
Judge Lindsay ordered May to complete 100 hours community service in lieu of two months in prison.