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charge dismissed 'Roaring' man who tried to spit at gardaí spared criminal record

Daniel O'Flaherty (21) was arrested for public order offences.


A YOUNG man tried to spit at gardaí when they found him "roaring and shouting" outside his home.

Daniel O'Flaherty (21) was arrested for public order offences but was left without a criminal record when he pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh dismissed the charge under the Probation of Offenders Act.

O'Flaherty, from Rowlagh Court, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour on February 3 this year.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardaí were called to Rowlagh Court where they saw O'Flaherty roaring and shouting outside his house.

Sgt Callaghan said gardaí saw the man enter the house, where he had to be physically restrained by his father.

O'Flaherty was abusive, tried to "spit in the direction of gardaí" and was uncooperative when arrested.

The accused, who had problems with alcohol and drugs, had no recollection of the events, his solicitor Simon Fleming said. It was an issue he had sought treatment for.

Mr Fleming said his client apologised to gardaí and his parents and hoped he could "mend fences with his father".

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