A FATHER of seven came out of his house swinging a pickaxe handle at gardai after his car was damaged, a court heard.
Charles Lynch (43) was asked by gardai to drop the weapon, but initially refused.
Judge David McHugh imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for 12 months.
The defendant, of Ballymakealy Grove in Celbridge, Co Kildare, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and possession of a pickaxe handle.
The incident took place near his home in Celbridge last September 14.
Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said there had been a report of a criminal damage incident outside Lynch's house and gardai went to the scene.
Sgt Callaghan said Lynch came out of the house armed with a pickaxe handle and was swinging it at gardai.
She said gardai asked Lynch a number of times to drop the weapon and he eventually did so.
Lynch was annoyed because someone had damaged his car.
The court heard that he has six previous convictions, mostly for drink-related matters.
Lynch is a married man with seven children, and works in the home caring for his family, said his lawyer.
He has had difficulties with alcohol in the past six years, following the death of three family members within a short period of time.
Lynch suffers from anxiety and depression and is on medication for his illness. He is no longer drinking, and has been attending AA meetings.
In relation to the incident, the lawyer said Lynch's car was damaged. He left the house but was very frustrated and disoriented and was not in his right mind. He has apologised to the gardai for his behaviour.
Judge McHugh said Lynch is at a crossroads in his life, and must decide whether he goes into custody or resolves his drink problem.