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Man cleared of threats to chop garda's fingers off

A MAN accused of threatening to chop off a garda's fingers and burn him after being searched has been cleared.

Kiefer Taylor (20) allegedly became violent after officers spoke with him in the street in the early hours of December 27.

Gda David Redmond told Dublin District Court he had been called to outside the Fountain Pub in Meath Street, south inner city Dublin, after reports of a disturbance.

He said that when he arrived he saw three men, one of them Mr Taylor, arguing, with the defendant trying to hit the others.

They walked off when the officer approached, but he stopped them and said he had been called to an incident and was going to search them.

Gda Redmond claimed the defendant then became angry and kicked out, hitting his legs.

"He said, 'I am going to burn you out of it, I am going to chop off your fingers'," the officer said.

But Mr Taylor (inset), of Allingham Street, Pimlico, claimed he was walking when gardai pulled up, "jumped out and started running at me".

He said the officers kept asking about a gun and that while there had been a struggle, he had not resisted arrest.

The defendant also alleged he was manhandled in the street and beaten in a garda station, but he did not complain as he thought it would go nowhere.

Mr Taylor denied drunkenness, causing a breach of the peace, causing a garda obstruction and violent behaviour.

Judge Cormac Dunne dismissed the case against him, saying he had a "doubt" after hearing the evidence.