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Drunk (23) threw beer bottle at children

A DRUNK who hurled racist abuse at a garda on duty has been told to carry out community service to avoid jail.

Ian Glossop (23) told the officer to "go back to China" after being found so intoxicated he was falling all over a road.

He was also arrested after he flung a bottle of beer into a playground full of children when gardai found him drinking in public.

Judge William Earley recommended a 120-hour community service order instead of a four-month jail sentence.

Glossop, of Lower Gloucester Place, Dublin 1, admitted two counts of threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, one of public drunkenness and refusing to give gardai his name and address.

Garda Neil Woods told Dublin District Court he was on duty at Summerhill on May 1 last when he saw the accused, highly intoxicated.

On approaching him, Garda Woods saw Glossop was "falling all over the road".

Glossop shouted obscenities at the officers, calling them "c***s", and calling a foreign national garda a "Chinese c**t".



Refused

The accused said to the garda: "Who are you? You should go back to China," then asked him if he could understand English while the officer was speaking to him. He was arrested after he refused to give his name and address.

Garda Maria Harmon gave evidence of an incident at Sean McDermott Street on another date when she saw jobless Glossop walking down the street drinking from an open bottle of Budweiser.

"As I turned the patrol van around, I saw him throw the bottle into a playground that was full of small children, narrowly missing them," Garda Harmon said.

He violently resisted arrest, was again taken to Store Street Garda Station.

The court heard the accused had 22 previous convictions for offences including public order breaches, theft and criminal damage.

Defence Barrister Aoife O'Leary said Glossop was highly intoxicated at the time of both incidents.

The accused had developed a difficulty with alcohol at a young age and had two uncles who were alcoholics, she said.

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