A STUDENT who was drinking with a gang of his mates started to verbally abuse gardai when he was ordered to go home, a court heard.
Darren O'Gorman (25) was ordered to leave the housing estate three times by gardai but he refused.
He admitted that he had been drinking but he told gardai he didn't think that he was a danger to himself or others.
A judge fined him €1,500 and ordered him to complete 150 hours community service in lieu of five months in prison.
The defendant, of Windmill Drive in Skerries, admitted before Swords District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to follow the directions of a garda.
The incident took place at Castle Park, Swords, shortly before 7pm on September 20.
The court heard O'Gorman had five previous convictions.
Defence solicitor John Hennessy said O'Gorman was the sole carer for his father since he suffered a stroke. His mother died a number of years ago.
Mr Hennessy said he became obstreperous with gardai because he didn't think he was causing any harm to himself or to others.
Mr Hennessy said the defendant had had problems with alcohol and with authority in the past.