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Guilty plea Man found surrounded by cans on Liffey boardwalk threatened to 'knock heads off' gardaí

Peter Baker (58) also gave abuse to paramedics who tried to help him when he was found drunk on a street in another incident

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A man on Dublin's Liffey boardwalk threatened gardaí he would "knock the heads off" them when they found him surrounded by empty cans.

Peter Baker (58) also gave abuse to paramedics who tried to help him when he was found drunk on a street in another incident.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for a probation report.

Baker, of St Malachy's Drive, Greenhills, Dublin 12, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Garda Faris Indja said Baker was drinking alcohol on the boardwalk at Ormond Quay on June 9 last year.

He had empty cans around him and shouted at gardaí: "I'll knock the heads off you."

Garda Colm McCarthy came across the accused at St Patrick's Park on May 6 last year. Baker was intoxicated, refused assistance from Dublin Fire Brigade and was abusive to staff. He apologised later.

Baker had worked at data inputting and at a hotel, his solicitor Kate McGhee said.

She said when he separated from his wife this was "the point of no return" in terms of his alcoholism. She got the house and he became homeless, the court heard.

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