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Man threatened gardai by shouting 'I'll get you. I am in the IRA' during violent incident at garda station

Nicola Donnelly

A MAN who became aggressive and threatening towards garda, screaming “I’ll get you. I am in the IRA” after he was arrested for public order offences may avoid a custodial sentence if he is deemed suitable for community service work.

John Crowe (57) also called gardai "f**king rats” after he was placed in a garda station cell before slamming his head and arms into the cell door.

He then lay on the ground and kicked the cell door and then spat in the face of a garda, Swords District Court heard.

The defendant, of Ringfort Avenue in Balrothery, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to being intoxicated, using threatening and abusive behaviour and refusing to give his name and address to gardai at Glenveagh Semple in Donabate on May 17.

He also pleaded guilty to violent behaviour at Coolock Garda Station on May 17.

He has 12 previous convictions.

Sergeant Patricia McGarrity told the court the defendant was intoxicated and staggering when gardai came upon him in Glenveagh Semple, Donabate at 7.55pm.

He refused to give gardai his details and was arrested.

He was brought to Coolock Garda Station and became aggressive and threatening, the court heard.

After he was placed in a cell, he slammed the door with his head and arms and lay on the ground kicking the door.

“He started screaming “F**king rats. I’ll get you. I’m in the IRA” and similar threats,” said Sgt McGarrity.

“He then continued to lash out behind the cell door and spat in the face of Garda Darragh McCarthy and threatened him,” said Sgt McGarrity.

Defence solicitor Bernard Stobie said the defendant’s behaviour was appalling.

Mr Stobie explained the defendant was in Portugal last year and was mugged and seriously assaulted and as a result suffers post-traumatic stress disorder.

“He got a bottle in his head and a Scottish and Dutch man are being prosecuted,” explained Mr Stobie, adding that this is not an excuse but he is suffering post-traumatic stress following the vicious assault.

“It may explain somewhat why he behaved in the way he did,” said Mr Stobie.

Mr Stobie said the defendant has written letters of apology to Gda McCarthy, however, when asked by Judge Dermot Dempsey if he apologised in person, Mr Stobie said “he could make contact to make sure the garda receives a personal apology.”

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a Probation Report and community service assessment to see if the defendant is suitable for 200 hours community service work in lieu of two months in prison.

The judge adjourned the case until January 6 next year and also wants confirmation of a personal apology to Gda McCarthy as well as proof of the assault in Portugal.

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