Scarface fury

Freddie gangster pepper sprayed

Eimear Cotter

GARDAI were forced to use pepper spray to control one of Dublin's most feared thugs, a court heard.

Eoin 'Scarface' O'Connor was armed with a chisel when he went berserk in soccer star Andy Reid's dad's company.

O'Connor -- a cousin of gangster 'Fat' Freddie Thompson -- was out of control and threatening staff when gardai arrived at the scene.

The 28-year-old thug, whose face is severely disfigured from a horrific knife attack, then turned on gardai. They could only bring him under control with pepper spray.

A judge told O'Connor -- who sustained the horrific facial injuries when rivals slashed him with a blade, inflicting a 'Glasgow smile' -- that he had anger management issues.

Dublin District Court was told Scarface had a chisel in his pocket and acted aggressively towards staff at the Crumlin cab company run by Bill Reid, who was on the premises at the time.

Gardai told how staff in Reidy's Cabs appeared quite scared of the defendant, who was angry and shouting.

Officers used pepper spray on O'Connor to calm him down as he struck out and struggled with them.

The 28-year-old is a major associate of drug dealer Freddie Thompson, who is currently awaiting trial in Spain.

Back in 2010, O'Connor was sentenced to 18 months in jail after he struck an off-duty garda during a football game.

O'Connor first came to prominence when the Herald exposed the facial injuries he incurred in an attack at the Planet Love music festival in 2008.

His face was cut when he was attacked at the event. The wounds, known in underworld circles as a “Glasgow smile”, were inflicted with a craft knife.

In relation to the matters before the court, Judge Patricia McNamara said O'Connor had anger management issues. The judge sentenced him to two months in prison but suspended it for one year.

The defendant, of Basin Lane, Dublin 8, admitted before Dublin District Court to a breach of the peace, possession of a weapon, obstructing an officer and violent behaviour in a garda station.

The incident took place at St Anthony's Place, Dublin 8, on December 5 last year.


Garda Robert Fitzharris said he was called to Reidy's Cabs at about 4pm as a male was acting aggressively and was shouting at staff.

Gda Fitzharris said he tried to calm him down but O'Connor shouted at him “get your f**king hands off me” and “you're not putting me in any f**king car”.

The court heard there was a struggle in the back of the patrol car and O'Connor tried to open the door and get out.

He remained violent back at Kilmainham Garda Station and gardai were forced to use pepper spray to calm him down. The court heard O'Connor has 13 previous convictions.

Keith Reid, Andy’s brother, told the Herald today: “I spoke to my father, he was there that day. The incident happened outside and it spilled into the base.”

His defence lawyer said O'Connor has since apologised to staff at Reidy's Cabs.

She said he had been working in a friend's house and was getting a taxi to go home. The chisel was in his back pocket and he did not attempt to use it.

She said O'Connor realised his behaviour was unacceptable and he was genuinely apologetic.

The court heard that the defendant, a father of |one, had alcohol |difficulties and had a mixture of drinks |on the day in question.