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Gardai use pepper spray in teen arrest

A TEENAGER had to be restrained with pepper spray after he kicked out at officers, refusing to let them close the door of the garda van, a court heard.

Joseph Connors (18) also verbally abused gardai, telling them he would beat them up once he was out of handcuffs.

Judge Anthony Halpin convicted and fined Connors €100.


The defendant, of Daletree Place in Ballycullen, admitted before Tallaght District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.

Garda Dara MacEoin said gardai were on mobile patrol on October 12 last year when they received a call about a youth causing damage to a car at Ballycullen Road, Rathfarnham.

Gda MacEoin said the youth fled when he saw gardai, who followed him and stopped him.

The garda said Connors was very aggressive and Garda James Ward had to defend himself against the defendant.

Gda MacEoin said Connors was restrained and placed in handcuffs. He told officers: "Wait until the cuffs are off and I'll beat you all."

The court heard Connors struggled and kicked out in the patrol van, telling gardai to "go f**k themselves".

Gardai were unable to close the doors of the patrol van due to Connors's behaviour and they used pepper spray to effect the arrest.

The court heard Connors has a number of previous convictions.


Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said the defendant, who had been drinking, was adamant the car belonged to him and became upset as he didn't think gardai believed him.

Mr Tunney said Connors is single and lives with his dad. His mother died three years ago and the solicitor said he has not properly grieved her loss.

The court also heard the defendant, who is unemployed, did not complete his schooling.