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Wheely angry Driver threatened gardaí he would ‘get them in the night’ after car seized

Nasreddine Harem (24) had saved up to buy the car and acted “completely disproportionately” when he made the threat, a court heard. Judge Michael Walsh fined him €250 for public order offences.

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Nasreddine Harem, with an address in Emo, Co Laois, was fined €250 for public order offences

Nasreddine Harem, with an address in Emo, Co Laois, was fined €250 for public order offences

Nasreddine Harem, with an address in Emo, Co Laois, was fined €250 for public order offences

A MOTORIST told gardaí he would “get them in the night” and “hurt” them after he was told his car was being seized.

Nasreddine Harem (24) had saved up to buy the car and acted “completely disproportionately” when he made the threat, a court heard. Judge Michael Walsh fined him €250 for public order offences.

Harem, with an address at a hotel in Emo, Co Laois, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and failing to comply with garda directions.

Dublin District Court heard the accused was driving a blue Ford Focus at South Circular Road last December 12. Gardaí on patrol indicated to him to stop but it took some time for the car to come to a halt, 200 yards down the road.

As a garda spoke to the accused about his licence, the situation “developed”.

He was told the vehicle was being seized and Harem began screaming at the garda, threatening to “get him in the night, when it was dark."

He said he would “hurt” the gardaí if he saw them again. The accused was an Algerian national and had been in Ireland for six years, his solicitor Brian Doherty said.

It had taken him several years to accumulate enough money to buy the car and he thought it was being taken off him, Mr Doherty said.

He accepted he had reacted “completely disproportionately” and that the gardaí were just doing their job.

Harem had no previous convictions. His financial situation was precarious and Mr Doherty asked Judge Walsh to be as lenient as possible.

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