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I'll spit in your face and give you Aids, drunk told garda

A DRUNK man who threatened to give Aids to a garda by spitting in his face when he was told to stop drinking cider in public has been given a five-month suspended sentence.

David O'Brien (35) also threatened to slit the officer's throat when he was being arrested in the incident in south inner city Dublin.

Judge Victor Blake suspended the sentence for a year and fined O'Brien €310 when he admitted public order offences at Dublin District Court.

O'Brien, of Marion Villas, Cork Street, pleaded guilty to charges of public intoxication, failing to obey garda directions and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Cornmarket, High Street, Dublin 8, at 8.15pm on May 19.

Garda Robert Barber said he approached the defendant and asked him to leave the area because he was drinking with a number of other men.

He stayed at the scene, drinking from a can of cider and when again told to leave, he told the garda to "f*** himself".

He then lunged at the garda, who had to forcibly take the can from him.

"He said he would kill me and spit in my face and give me Aids," Garda Barber said.

O'Brien was restrained and handcuffed, telling the garda when he got up he would slit the officer's throat.

DRUGS

When arrested and taken to a garda station, he would not give any details for a half hour.

The court heard he had 22 previous convictions for offences including public order breaches.

The court heard the defendant was single and had problems with drugs in the past. He was now attending the Merchant's Quay project.

He apologised to the garda in court on the instructions of Judge Blake.

aphelan@herald.ie


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