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'f**king pig' Court hears how Kildare man (23) threatened neighbours before turning on gardai

The 23-year-old told garda "you'd better not put your f**king hands on me"

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Eric Glasheen

Eric Glasheen

Eric Glasheen

A groundsman threatened his neighbours and called a garda who went to his home "a f**king pig", a court heard.

Eric Glasheen (23) was feuding with his neighbours at the time, but has since moved away from the area.

He told the garda "you'd better not put your f**king hands on me, you f**king pig" before he was arrested.

Judge Gerard Jones ordered him to donate €500 to the Garda Benevolent Fund and adjourned sentencing to July.

Glasheen, with an address at Ballymakealy Grove in Celbridge, Co Kildare, admitted affray when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

The charge states Glasheen was among five named people who allegedly used or threatened to use violence towards each other.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardaí went to Ballymakealy Grove around 7.50pm on August 30, 2018 following several calls about a disturbance.

Sgt Callaghan said a large crowd had gathered outside one of the houses and Glasheen was shouting at a neighbour and threatening him.

Sgt Callaghan said Glasheen was highly intoxicated and started screaming and shouting at the garda when he saw him, telling the officer "you better not put your f**king hands on me".

Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said Glasheen's teenage years were colourful, and he had started using cannabis aged just 11 years old, before taking tablets and cocaine.

Mr MacLoughlin said the defendant was in the throes of an addiction at the time of this incident, but he spent six months in treatment in 2019 and had turned his life around.

Mr MacLoughlin said that Glasheen worked as a groundsman.

He was engaged, and had a child and two stepchildren.

It was remarkable how Glasheen had changed his life around since his teens, the lawyer added.

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