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Dad-of-three is fined for threat to kill partner

A FATHER-of-three who repeatedly threatened his partner, shouting "I'm going to kill you, I'm going to kill you b***h" has claimed that it was just "drink talk".

Patrick Clarke (25) kicked out at gardai when they tried to handcuff him, shouting over and over to them, "I'm going to kill you".

A court heard that it took three officers a considerable amount of time to arrest, handcuff and put Clarke into the patrol car.

A judge said Clarke's behaviour was horrific, but only fined him €200 after he heard his partner had forgiven him and the pair are back together.

The defendant, with an address at Hillview Grove in Ballinteer, admitted before Tallaght District Court to public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and violent behaviour in a garda station.

The incident took place at Loreto Avenue, Rathfarnham, on August 30 last year.

Garda Niall Russell said he was called to a domestic disturbance around 10pm. He said there was a lot of noise and shouting coming from a house on Loreto Avenue, and when he went inside he found Clarke's partner with a bleeding nose and holding a knife in her hand.

Garda Russell said Clarke was shouting, "I'm going to kill you, I'm going to kill you b***h".

The court heard the defendant then went out to his car and went to get behind the wheel. The garda said he managed to stop Clarke from getting into his car.

However, he was extremely drunk and agitated, and kept shouting, "I'm going to kill her", over and over again.

Garda Russell said that when he went to arrest Clarke he kicked out, and it took three gardai to handcuff him and put him in the patrol car.

He was taken to Rathfarnham Garda Station, where he shouted, kicked and punched out while in the prison cell. The garda said he also headbutted the cell door.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said the incident sounds terrible, but there was no real threat to kill. Clarke was upset and it was the "drink talking". Clarke, an unemployed plasterer, hasn't had a drink since this incident, and is attending counselling.

Judge David McHugh fined Clarke €200 and bound him to the peace for a year.