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Giving him a three-month suspended sentence, Judge Brian O’Shea said he was lucky he was not going to prison.

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Daire King received a three-month suspended sentence

Daire King received a three-month suspended sentence

Daire King received a three-month suspended sentence

A FATHER-of-one spat into a garda car at a Covid-19 checkpoint in a “disgusting and vile” incident after he saw his friend had been stopped while driving.

Daire King (26) was out walking with his young daughter and dog when he spat into the car through an open door.

Giving him a three-month suspended sentence, Judge Brian O’Shea said he was lucky he was not going to prison.

King, of Villa Park Gardens, Navan Road, had pleaded not guilty to criminal damage and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Garda Kevin Flatley told Dublin District Court he was on Blackhorse Avenue at 3.55pm last April 5 when a colleague stopped a car.

On seeing the situation, King assisted the driver, his friend, and took belongings out of the car.

As he walked away, Gda Flatley saw King spit in through the open door of the patrol car’s front passenger side.

“He tilted his head to the right and I saw a watery, frothy substance coming from his mouth, which I knew to be spit,” the garda said.

It was directed into the driver’s seat, he added.

He asked King to come back and drew his attention to the saliva on the floor mat. King denied spitting and was arrested.

Families with children were walking and cycling past and had stopped because of the commotion.

As the gardaí waited for a patrol van, King shouted and was “provocative” to gardaí.

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King said he was drawing the garda’s attention to the fact his daughter and dog were at the side of the road, his lawyer said.

There was no DNA sample taken of the spit, she added.

“What the defendant did is a disgusting and vile thing to do under any circumstances, but to spit into a garda patrol car at a Covid checkpoint is particularly reprehensible,” the judge said.

He suspended the sentence after hearing the accused had no previous convictions.

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