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Stable hand called gardai 'bullies' on seeing arrest

A STABLE hand who intervened when gardai were arresting another individual and called them "f**king bullies" thought he was acting as a good Samaritan, a court heard.

Christopher Hennessy (59) was told by a judge he got involved in something which was "none of your business".

Judge Deirdre Gearty ordered him to donate €100 to Temple Street Children's Hospital and said she would apply the probation act.

The defendant, of Ferryman's Crossing, Seville Place, Dublin 1, admitted before Dublin District Court to a breach of the peace at Connolly Train Station on July 24 last.

The court heard gardai were dealing with another matter when Hennessy became involved, calling them "f**king bullies". He was cautioned about his behaviour, but he remained abusive, telling officers "f**k you".

The court heard Hennessy has two previous convictions, but hasn't been in trouble for some time.

Defence solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said Hennessy thought he was acting as a good Samaritan.

Mr O'Mahony said the defendant worked for a long time as a stable hand, but is currently on disability benefit as he suffers from asthma and arthritis, which affects his mobility.

Mr O'Mahony said Hennessy regrets his behaviour, which was nothing more than belligerence towards gardai.