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Glenn Graham

Glenn Graham

Glenn Graham

A MAN who tried to stop gardai seizing a car ran into his home and came out throwing a hammer, golf club and hurley at them, it is alleged.

A garda said she heard Glenn Graham (33) saying “we’ll get a hammer to these c***s” before he came out brandishing the weapons.

Earlier, he had driven towards the patrol car, forcing the garda inside to jump out and endangering her, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

He is facing trial after Judge Gerard Jones ruled the allegations were too serious to be dealt with at district court level.

He adjourned the case for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Graham, of Chaplain’s Terrace, Clondalkin, is accused of producing a hammer, golf club and crowbar as weapons, as well as endangerment, dangerous driving and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

The court heard the incident happened at Harelawn Green on May 16 last year. The DPP directed summary disposal of the case in the district court on a plea of guilty only.

Outlining the allegations, Garda Sarah Moloney said officers were in the process of seizing a vehicle suspected to have been illegally registered when the accused ran out of his home.

He began acting in a threatening and abusive manner and refused to let the gardai seize the vehicle, she said.

The gardai called for assistance as he continued to act aggressively, Gda Moloney continued.

Mr Graham allegedly got into the car and reversed it, then swerved at high speed in the direction of the patrol car.
Gda Moloney said her colleague had to jump out of the patrol car and threw her torch at the window of the vehicle the accused was in to get him to stop.

As the gardai were trying to arrest Mr Graham, it was alleged he ran past them and Gda Moloney heard him shouting “we'll get a hammer to these c**ts.”

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She alleged he ran into his house and came out with a hammer and a number of other weapons including a golf club and hurley and began throwing them at gardai.

Pepper spray was used to restrain him and he was arrested, the court heard.

Judge Jones said he was refusing jurisdiction and adjourned the case to late next month. He granted free legal aid.
The accused has not yet entered pleas to the charges. He was remanded on continuing bail.

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