Teen screamed and swore at girlfriend


Eimear Cotter

A TEENAGER who got into a public shouting match with his girlfriend hit out with his arms when gardai tried to arrest him, a court heard.

Darragh McNally (19) and his girlfriend were screaming and shouting at each other in front of a group of young children.

Judge David McHugh applied the probation act, saying he accepted the breach of the peace occurred in the context of a dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend.

The defendant, of Cappagh Avenue in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour and resisting arrest by Garda Robert Byrne.

The incident took place at Barry Road in Finglas on July 29, 2014.

Sergeant Mary Doherty said Gda Byrne was on mountain bike patrol when he heard a woman screaming and shouting.

Sgt Doherty said the woman was shouting at McNally to leave her alone.

She said the defendant was also shouting and swearing at the young woman, and all this took place in front of a group of young children.

Sgt Doherty said that when Gda Byrne went to arrest McNally he resisted, hitting out with his arms at the garda.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said McNally was arguing with his girlfriend.

He said the defendant, a father of one, is currently unemployed but looking for work as a security man.

Mr O'Doherty said McNally apologised for his behaviour.