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Father-of-five threatens to shoot garda

A FATHER-of-five who got involved in a street fight pulled off his top and told a garda he would "blow his head off".

Philip Farrell (33), with an address at Kiltalawn Heights, Tallaght, made the threat at the scene of a disturbance in Thomas Street on June 30 in which a man and woman had been injured.

He denied public order offences but a judge found him guilty and said: "His own evidence hangs him."

Judge Ann Watkin adjourned the case against him for the preparation of a probation report.

Garda Mark Eccles told Dublin District Court he was called to a "large fight" at 2.30am and the two groups involved were separated.

The garda called an ambulance for two people from one group who were injured, and directed the other group, including Farrell, to stay on the other side of the road.

He warned that any more violent behaviour would result in arrests. He saw Farrell take off his T-shirt and attempt to cross the road.

The accused was telling one of the men in the other group he was going to "f***ing kill him". Garda Eccles crossed the road and told Farrell he was arresting him. The accused resisted.

The accused also yelled: "I'll blow your f***ing head off."

Farrell said he gave the officer his name and address and was standing against a wall for several minutes when a man across the road "made a gun gesture" towards him.



Evidence

The accused said he walked towards this man and a female garda grabbed hold of his top, which came off "clean over my head".

"I was trying to explain to the garda that the fella across the road was threatening to blow my head off," the defendant told the court.

Judge Watkin said she did not believe he had told "huge lies" in evidence.

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