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Rugby fan shouted abuse Tyres slashed in road rage Banger thrown at garda by boy

AN IT consultant who got very drunk while watching Ireland's opening game against Italy in the Six Nations Championship shouted abuse at passers-by as he made his way home from the pub, a court heard.

Frank Prendergast (37) apologised for his behaviour, saying he was acutely embarrassed.

The defendant, of Grosvenor Lodge, Rathmines, admitted before Dublin District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour on Lower Rathmines Road shortly before 11.30pm on February 6.

Garda Conor Doyle said Prendergast was arrested for his own safety after he spotted him falling into the road.

The charges were struck out after Prendergast donated €500 to Our Lady's Hospice at the judge's request.

Tyres slashed in road rage

A DRIVER who slashed the tyres of another man's car claimed the victim swerved in front of his vehicle and gave him the fingers, a court heard.

Jurijs Leonovs (30) of Rivendell, Crosstown, Co Wexford, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a charge of criminal damage, as well as possession of two knives, on Ninthlock Road, Clondalkin on November 21 last year.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell said Leonovs' behaviour 'was "road rage", ordered him to pay compensation and adjourned sentencing to a date in April.

Banger thrown at garda by boy

A DUBLIN teenager, who threw a lit "banger" firework at gardai last Halloween, has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

The boy (15) pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to an offence under the Explosives Act on October 31 last, in north inner city Dublin.

Garda Ciaran Whelan told Judge Clare Leonard that the banger exploded at his feet and that a colleague had to move to get out of its way.

The judge remanded the teenager, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, on bail for two weeks for a probation report to be obtained prior to sentencing.