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Defendant became violent when he was stopped after officers saw him smoking what appeared to be a joint

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A MAN spat a suspected bag of drugs at gardaí, lashed out and called them "names" when they tried to search him outside a Dublin train station.

Aaron McCarthy (27) became violent when he was stopped after officers saw him smoking what appeared to be a "joint".

Judge Bryan Smyth gave him a three-month suspended sentence.

McCarthy, from Crinan Strand, Sheriff Street, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and obstructing a drug search.

A garda told Dublin District Court he was on patrol at Talbot Street at 9.30am on November 7, 2019, when the accused walked past, smoking what looked like a cannabis joint. The garda got a strong smell of cannabis and followed him to Connolly train station, where he asked to search him.

McCarthy became threatening and violent, using his hands to push the gardaí away.

He reached into his pocket and produced a small plastic bag which he placed in his mouth and spat in the direction of a garda.

He said: "I'm going to get you c**ts" before being arrested.

Defence solicitor Edward Bradbury said McCarthy struggled as he was in a puddle of water and felt he would have difficulty breathing.

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