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Kevin Wall (32) tried to headbutt a garda and had to be pepper-sprayed as he was being arrested.

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Kevin Wall was convicted of threatening and abusive behaviour

Kevin Wall was convicted of threatening and abusive behaviour

Kevin Wall was convicted of threatening and abusive behaviour

A busker made “homophobic” remarks to gardaí and threatened to smash an elderly church volunteer’s face in after he was asked to move on.

Kevin Wall (32) tried to headbutt a garda and had to be pepper-sprayed as he was being arrested.

Judge Michael Walsh put him on a peace bond for a year.

Wall, of no fixed address, was found guilty at Dublin District Court of threatening and abusive behaviour on April 12, but acquitted of criminal damage to a garda van.

The prosecuting garda said he was on plain-clothes Covid patrol on Grafton Street when he saw Wall being removed from St Teresa’s Church by a church volunteer. Wall pointed at the man, shouting: “I’ll be back, I will come back and smash your face in,” the garda said.

The officer identified himself and told Wall he would be arrested.

Wall became “highly abusive” to him and “made homophobic comments to me and a colleague”.

“He said I must have been raped as a child by my father to be on such a power trip,” the garda added.

Wall resisted arrest and the garda had to use his incapacitant spray on him. He said the accused kicked the patrol car.

Wall continued to be abusive, attempted to headbutt the other garda, and had to be pepper-sprayed again, he said.

In court, Wall claimed the garda was lying. He said he had been busking and was leaving after an old man had asked him to move on.

He said “no bother” and gardaí grabbed him without identifying themselves, pushed him against a wall and “broke my tin whistle”.

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He denied using profanities and claimed gardaí called him a “knacker and a pikey”.

Judge Walsh said there was no evidence of the extent of the alleged damage to the van and dismissed that charge.

He noted Wall was “very passionate” and “somewhat animated”, and his behaviour escalated into a “rather unfortunate incident”.

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