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Motorist accused of threats to 'ram garda car off the road' refused bail

A YOUNG man accused of multiple counts of dangerous driving allegedly threatened a garda that he would ram him off the road "in his poxy patrol car" the next time he saw him, a court heard.

Joseph French (21) is also alleged to have told a female officer to "shove them up your h***" after being charged with further offences. The accused, of Neilstown Park in Clondalkin, south Dublin, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with robbery and possession of a knife.

It is alleged that French had a knife when he robbed a woman of €50 during an incident at the Canal Tow Path, Nangor Road in Clondalkin.

In a separate incident, French is also charged with three counts of dangerous driving at Fonthill Road, Neilstown Road and Coldcut Road in Clondalkin on September 29.

He is also charged with the unlawful use of a motor vehicle at Newlands Road in Lucan and with failing to keep the vehicle stationary at Neilstown Road.

Garda Michelle Nolan told a court that when she handed French the charge sheets he told her to "shove them up your h***". Garda Ger Brennan, who charged French with robbery, claimed he said: "F*** you, you smelly knacker. I'll f***in' ram you off the road in your poxy patrol car when I see you".

The gardai objected to bail citing the seriousness of the charges. Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said that French would abide by any bail conditions including a curfew.

Mr Hanahoe acknowledged French was rude to gardai as he was annoyed at being charged but claimed that was no reason to put a man in custody.

In his evidence, French claimed he was annoyed with himself as he is "too old to be getting into trouble".

Judge Hugh O'Donnell refused bail and remanded French in custody until Friday.