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A MAN who called gardaí "retards" when they asked to search him has been told to make a €500 charity donation to avoid convictions.

David Carroll (39) became "agitated" over being stopped when he shouted abuse at the gardaí.

Carroll, a plumber with an address at Harelawn Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour on March 24 this year.

Blanchardstown District Court heard gardaí spoke to the accused at Collinstown Road, Clondalkin at 7.40pm on the evening in question.

They said they were going to search him because they had got a smell of cannabis.

Carroll became very aggressive and irate toward the gardaí, calling them "scumbags and retards", the court heard.

He failed to desist when told to do so and was arrested.

The accused apologised profusely, his solicitor said.

He said there was no drink involved in the incident and Carroll was agitated because he was being searched.

Judge Gerard Jones said he would strike the charges out if he made a €500 donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

He adjourned the case to a date in July for the payment and said "it's up to him".

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