Man taunted gardai with 'catch me if you can, b*tches' after incident at takeaway

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A TRAINEE mechanic who shouted at takeaway staff ran off when he saw gardai, taunting them with “catch me if you can, b*tches”.

Gareth Lokko (24) also tried to open the rear door of a patrol car as he was being escorted back to a garda station.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered Lokko to complete 240 hours community service in lieu of a three-month prison sentence.

Judge Dempsey said he wanted Lokko to apologise to gardai for his behaviour.

The defendant, with an address at Dun Saithne View, Flemington Lane in Balbriggan, admitted before Swords District Court to a breach of the peace as well as driving without insurance.

Sergeant Bob Kavanagh said gardai were on mobile patrol on August 15, 2015 when they were called to McDonald’s, Airside Retail Park in Swords, shortly after 2am.

Sgt Kavanagh said door staff at McDonald’s were dealing with an aggressive male.

Sgt Kavanagh said Lokko gave gardai the finger when he saw them, taunting Garda Miriam O’Donovan by saying “catch me if you can, b*tches”.

Sgt Kavanagh said Lokko refused to give gardai his name, again calling Gda O’Donovan “a stupid b*tch”.

The sergeant said Lokko was arrested and placed in the rear of the patrol car, where he tried to open the rear door. Lokko also admitted to driving without insurance on April 8, 2015. The court heard that the defendant has eight previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Fiona D’Arcy said Lokko previously worked as a labourer but is now involved in a scheme to set up his own business as a mechanic.

Ms D’Arcy said the defendant is expecting his second child, and he is trying to get his life together so he will be there for the child. She said that Lokko is not driving at present.

On the no-insurance matter, Judge Dempsey fined Lokko €500 and disqualified him from driving for four years.