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 Noel Smith of Cherryorchard, Ballyfermot. Picture: Garrett White

Noel Smith of Cherryorchard, Ballyfermot. Picture: Garrett White

Noel Smith of Cherryorchard, Ballyfermot. Picture: Garrett White

AN "OVER-PROTECTIVE" father interfered when gardai were seizing his son's motorbike, hurling abuse at officers until he was arrested.

Noel Smith (58), who is also a grandfather, was upset when he began insulting the gardai at the scene.

Judge Ann Watkin said she would leave him without a criminal record at Dublin District Court if he made a €100 charity donation.

Smith, with an address at Cherryorchard, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace. Sgt Christopher Morrison told the court the accused's motorbike was being seized by gardai at 7.30pm on June 2 last. When Smith was made aware of this, he got upset and interfered "when he shouldn't have".

He called the gardai "a few names" and was arrested. Judge Ann Watkin said it was a case where the accused was being over-protective.

 

Charity

The defendant had no previous convictions.

Judge Watkin adjourned the case to November 19 for the accused to contribute €100 to Family Scope in Ballyfermot.

She said if this was done, she would dismiss the charge under the probation act.

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