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Insulting behaviour Cyclist hurled abuse at gardaí after being caught going the wrong way down a one-way street

David Blake (51) was "aggrieved" at being stopped as he cycled home through Dublin city centre after working a 12-hour shift.

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David Blake, of Sarah Place, Islandbridge, charged with threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

David Blake, of Sarah Place, Islandbridge, charged with threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

David Blake, of Sarah Place, Islandbridge, charged with threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

A CYCLIST caught going the wrong way down a one-way street hurled abuse at gardaí when they told him he was breaking the law.

David Blake (51) was "aggrieved" at being stopped as he cycled home through Dublin city centre after working a 12-hour shift.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €200 when he admitted a public order offence.

Blake, with an address at Sarah Place, Islandbridge, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour in an incident last March 24.

Garda Sergeant Zita Woods told Dublin District Court gardaí were on duty in the south city centre at 8pm when they saw the accused on a bicycle, riding the wrong way down South William Street.

When the gardaí stopped him and told him he was committing an offence, Blake became aggrieved and refused to desist from his abusive behaviour for several minutes.

Blake had nine previous convictions and his record included a breach of the peace.

On the day in question, the accused was going home after a 12-hour shift at work when he was stopped by the officers, his solicitor Michael Kelleher told Judge Smyth.

Although he had previous convictions, Blake had not been in trouble for many years, Mr Kelleher said, asking the judge for leniency.

Judge Smyth said he had thought the street in question was a two-way street.

He said he was taking the accused's previous convictions into account, but gave him credit for his guilty plea.

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