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sick threats 'I hope you get the coronavirus and die,' young man told garda

Darryl Boyd (24) also called the garda a "dirty tramp" in the incident on a city street.


A man hurled abuse at a garda, telling her he hoped she 'got coronavirus and died' when he was stopped for a search.

Darryl Boyd (24) also called the garda a "dirty tramp" in the incident on a city street.

Judge Brian O'Shea issued a warrant for his arrest and sentencing when he failed to appear in Dublin District Court.

Boyd, with an address at Marewood Crescent, Ballymun, had pleaded not guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and failing to comply with garda directions.

However, he did not come to court for the hearing of his case.

Garda Lisa Sexton told Dublin District Court she was on duty at Parkwest Avenue at 2.50pm on March 28 last year when she stopped the accused and said she was going to carry out a search.

Boyd began using threatening and abusive language, calling her a "scumbag and a dirty tramp."

He was directed to leave the area, and was warned that it was an offence to fail to do so.

He was also warned of the possible penalties, the garda said.

Boyd continued to be threatening and abusive and "said he hoped I got coronavirus and died," Gda Sexton said.

He refused to leave the area and called gardaí "knackers".

He was arrested and brought to a garda station, where he was charged.

Defence solicitor Niamh McKernan said Boyd was not present and she had no application to make.

Judge O'Shea said the garda's proofs in the case were "in order" and he found the accused guilty and convicted him in his absence.

The court heard Boyd had 16 previous convictions for offences including possession of drugs.

He had been fined for his most recent offence.

The accused had not served any sentences and had not been given any suspended sentences previously, Garda Sergeant Gail Smith told the judge.

Judge O'Shea said he was issuing a bench warrant for Boyd's arrest and sentencing.

He said "for sentence" should be written on the front of the warrant "and highlighted."

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