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Drunken milkman hurled flowerpot in window

A DRUNKEN milkman frightened an elderly neighbour when he picked up a flowerpot from her garden and threw it through her sitting-room window causing over €1,700 of damage.

Alan Hill (24) also ran at members of the Dublin Fire Brigade with two large knives, and threw a wheelie bin at a fire engine after the fire service was called to his house.

A judge sentenced him to four months in prison.

Hill, of Berryfield Road in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to charges of assault, criminal damage and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The first incident took place near his home on November 21, 2009.

Garda Sergeant Damien Galligan said gardai were called to assist the Dublin Fire Brigade after they were called out to Hill's home.


Sgt Galligan said Hill, who had a large cut on his face and blood all over him, told firemen to "f**k off, you pr**ks, I'll kill the lot of you".

When firemen tried to enter the house to help Hill, he ran at them with two large knives.

He also threw a wheelie bin at the fire engine and punched the patrol car.

In the second incident, on December 13, the court heard that gardai were on mobile patrol around 2.30am when they saw Hill walking down Berryfield Road.

He was drunk and shouting, and pulling at garden fences.

Garda Gavin Redmond said that Hill picked up a plant pot and threw it through a window of a house, smashing the window.

Gda Redmond said Hill was violent towards gardai and swung his head at him. He also spat in the face of another garda and bit a third garda on the finger.

Judge Patrick McMahon described this assault as "nasty".

The court heard that €1,750 worth of damage was caused to the window and sitting room floor of the house, which belonged to a woman in her 70s. Hill worked as a milkman and was a tiler, but is now out of work. He is suffering from a drink problem.