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Teen called gardai "retards" and blew smoke in their faces in Dublin city centre

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Craig Derwin (Pic: Herald)
Craig Derwin (Pic: Herald)

A TEENAGER accosted gardai in the street, called them "retards", blew smoke in their faces and accused them of stealing phones.

Craig Derwin (19) made the bizarre claims while under the influence of intoxicants, a court heard.

Days later, he was arrested for refusing to move on when he was found banging on the front door of his mother's house.

Judge John Cheatle ordered Derwin to complete 40 hours' community service instead of a two-month sentence.

Derwin, with an address at Ferrycarrig Road, Coolock, pleaded guilty to threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to obey garda directions at Talbot Street on November 12, 2015.

He also admitted failing to obey garda directions again, at Ferrycarrig Road, five days later.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were talking to staff outside a shop at Talbot Street when Derwin interrupted the conversation and "accused the gardai of stealing phones".

He called them "f ***ing retards" and blew smoke in their faces, before making boasts about himself.

He asked them why they did not go off and do their jobs.

In the second incident, gardai were called to Derwin's mother's address after she reported her son had been kicking the front door and making threats.

She told officers Derwin was no longer welcome at the house and he refused to leave, continuing to bang on the front door while the gardai were there.

He told gardai they had "no right to have him kicked out".

He was arrested.

Derwin, who is unemployed, had recently left school without any formal qualifications.

He was under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the incidents, his solicitor Tony Collier said.

"He didn’t do himself any credit, especially with the language he used," Mr Collier added, asking the judge to be as lenient as possible.

Judge Cheatle adjourned the case to May for probation and community service suitability reports.

Andrew Phelan

Via Herald