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I have HIV -- clubber who spat at gardai

A NIGHTCLUBBER arrested for aggressive behaviour at a city centre premises told gardai he had HIV as he spat at them, a court heard.

Paul Kavanagh (20) was given a three-month suspended sentence for the violent incident in which he had to be arrested and taken from the club.

Dublin District Court heard he had no drug problem but alcohol "didn't agree with him on occasion".

Kavanagh, with an address at Ross Road, Bride Street, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace at a nightclub on Wicklow Street on October 3, 2010.

He also admitted a charge of violent behaviour at Harcourt Terrace Garda Station following his arrest that night.

Garda Sean Trowell told the court he was called to the club following reports that the accused was being abusive and aggressive.

Kavanagh was arrested and had to be restrained while being placed in the patrol car because of his level of violence.

This behaviour continued at the garda station.


"He told us he had HIV and was spitting at us at the time," Garda Trowell said.

"He threatened to get us outside the station."

The court heard the defendant had previous convictions for similar offences.

"Drink doesn't agree with him on occasion and gets him into trouble," defence solicitor Peter Mullan said.

"He certainly didn't make it easy for the gardai after he was arrested and he accepts that."

Kavanagh was given an 18-month sentence for burglary at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court earlier this week.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy suspended the sentence for a year on condition that the defendant keeps the peace and is of good behaviour.