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Guilty plea Dublin public order offender swung punch at gardaí and asked them to fight him

Thomas Hanrahan (39) resisted arrest and attempted to escape custody, court told

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Thomas Hanrahan

Thomas Hanrahan

Thomas Hanrahan

A man involved in a public order disturbance in Dublin city centre asked gardaí to fight him when they arrived at the scene.

He then swung a punch at one of them.

Thomas Hanrahan (39) resisted arrest and tried to escape custody, Dublin District Court was told.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case, referring him to the drug treatment court after hearing Hanrahan had an addiction problem.

Hanrahan, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour with intent to cause a breach of the peace.

He also admitted obstructing gardaí in the same incident.

The court heard gardaí were called to a reported disturbance at O'Connell Street on August 2.

When they arrived, they saw the accused acting in an aggressive manner, shouting at members of the public.

He walked up to the garda car and asked the gardaí to fight him, a sergeant told the court.

When the gardaí got out of the patrol car, Hanrahan threw a punch toward one of them and was arrested.

He struggled on arrest and attempted to escape custody, the court was told.

The court heard Hanrahan had a long-standing substance abuse issue.

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His lawyer asked Judge Smyth to refer the accused to the drug treatment court.

The judge agreed and remanded Hanrahan on continuing bail.

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