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Threatening behaviour Basketball couple were abusive to gardaí at soup run, court told

The couple, of Turvey Avenue, Donabate, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and garda obstruction.

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Paul Dick and Marianna Troy, both of Turvey Avenue, Donabate, charged with public order offences.

Paul Dick and Marianna Troy, both of Turvey Avenue, Donabate, charged with public order offences.

Paul Dick and Marianna Troy, both of Turvey Avenue, Donabate, charged with public order offences.

TWO top basketball players were arrested for hurling abuse at gardaí when an argument “flared up” as the married couple were helping at a homeless soup run.

Paul Dick (29) and his wife Marianna Troy (26) resisted arrest as the dispute with gardaí escalated in Dublin city centre.

Dublin District Court heard the “socially aware” couple, both accomplished basketball players, had never been in trouble before.

Judge Bryan Smyth struck their cases out, sparing them criminal records, after they donated €200 to charity.

The couple, of Turvey Avenue, Donabate, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and garda obstruction.

A sergeant said the incident happened at O’Connell Street last November 15.

The accused were helping with a homeless charity when gardaí spoke to them and they became abusive, using a number of expletives before resisting arrest.

They had been making soup and sandwiches for homeless people and an argument with the gardaí “just flared up”, defence solicitor Tony Collier said.

They realised it should not have gone as far as it did.

Troy, who worked in the payroll department of a hospital, previously got a basketball scholarship to study in the US, where she had played the sport at a high level.

She was now studying for accountancy exams.

Dick, who had an “excellent career” in basketball and had represented Ireland, had completed an electrician apprenticeship.

They regretted what happened and, if the conversation with the gardaí had not started, things would not have flared up, Mr Collier said.

They were involved in social issues around the city, were invested in their community and had “excellent prospects for the future”.

Mr Collier asked the judge to look at what happened as an “absolute aberration”.

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