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Man roared at gardai as he held his toddler

A DUBLIN man roared and shouted abuse at gardai whilst holding his young child after they were called to a dispute between neighbours, a court heard.

Declan Fitzsimmons (34) became angry with gardai after they were called to an argument on New Year's Day.

Judge Dermot Dempsey fined Fitzsimmons €500 after he failed to bring a donation for St Vincent De Paul to court.

The defendant, of Cedar Grove in Swords, had admitted before Swords District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.


Garda Miriam O'Donovan previously said that gardai were called to Cedar Grove in Swords on January 1 last following reports of a dispute between two neighbours.

Gda O'Donovan said she tried to explain to the parties it was a civil matter not involving gardai.

She said Fitzsimmons became very abusive to gardai. He was told to refrain from his behaviour, and gardai went to leave the area.

Gda O'Donovan said Fitzsimmons picked up his two-year-old child and followed gardai out of the building, shouting abuse at them. The defendant has ten previous convictions.