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Teen took a swing at garda, court told

A TEENAGER swung his arms at a garda and resisted arrest when he was taken off a DART for being among a group of youths who had no tickets.

Nathan Harold (19) had spent a day at the beach drinking and swimming with friends before the incident happened.

Judge Ann Watkin adjourned the case against him for the production of a probation report at Dublin District Court.

Harold, of Cappagh Avenue, Finglas West, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace on July 9 last year.

Garda Paul Daly told the court the accused was part of an obstructive group on the DART.


The group, including the accused, did not have tickets and were being asked to leave. It was claimed Harold became aggressive, "squaring up" to the garda and swinging his arms.

The court heard Harold was shouting abuse and had to be threatened with pepper spray. He resisted arrest and had to be restrained.

Judge Watkin adjourned the case for a probation report, remanding the accused on continuing bail on condition that he lives with his father and takes no alcohol or unprescribed drugs.