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Mechanic hurled shoe at gardai

A MECHANIC who got high on drink and drugs at his nephew's Christening threw his shoe at gardai after they were called to intervene in a row between his brother and his wife, a court heard.

David McDonagh (23) admitted that he drank six pints of beer as well as two bottles of vodka, which he then mixed with cannabis and cocaine.

He apologised for his behaviour, saying it was out of order, particularly as his wife was heavily pregnant with their first child at the time.

A judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in May.

McDonagh, with an address at Carrig Court, Citywest, admitted before Tallaght District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at Stocking Hill, Rathfarnham, shortly after 2am on April 13 last year.

Garda Christian Madsen said he was called to a domestic dispute. When he arrived at the scene he was met by McDonagh, who was very drunk and abusive to gardai.

Garda Madsen said McDonagh then picked up his shoe and threw it at the garda car, but missed it.

A court heard that gardai had been called to Stocking Hill to deal with a row between McDonagh's brother and his wife.

Defence lawyer said McDonagh had a lot to drink and, because he was so drunk, took cannabis and cocaine when it was given to him.

The court heard that McDonagh did not have a problem with either drugs or alcohol, he just had it on this particular day.

The lawyer said McDonagh's brother and his wife were arguing and he foolishly got involved and tried to tell gardai to go away.

The court heard that McDonagh is an unemployed mechanic but is hoping to start a new job within the next month.

Judge James McDonnell said he took a very dim view of people who behaved in such a manner towards the gardai. He ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in May.