Man (26) arrested for becoming threatening and abusive to Gardai

A MAN arrested for becoming threatening and abusive to gardai in an incident outside a house in Clondalkin was “not on the criminal radar,” a court was told.

Matthew Molloy began hurling abuse at gardai after they investigated a report of shouting coming from a house he was in.

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Blanchardstown District Court

Judge David McHugh fined him €80 when he admitted a public order offence. Molloy, aged 26, with an address at Marigold Road, Darndale, Coolock, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.

Garda Ciara Galvin told Blanchardstown District Court she was called to an address at Melrose Avenue, Clondalkin at 6.40am on May 2, 2020.

Gardai could hear shouting coming from the house and when they called to the door, a female answered it.

She was “quite upset” and Garda Galvin spoke to her in the kitchen while another garda spoke to Molloy in the sitting room.

The accused left the house and became abusive and threatening to the gardai, the court heard. Members of the public were present at the time.

Garda Galvin followed him outside and arrested him and brought him to Clondalkin Garda Station, where he was charged.

The accused had previous convictions for drugs and motoring offences, but these went back some time and he was not on the “criminal radar” of the gardai, his barrister Jennifer Jackson said.

The accused had apologised for the incident. Judge McHugh said he did not want to hear Ms Jackson any further in mitigation and imposed the fine and conviction.

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