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Jordan Foley (21) made the threat when the "red mist came down"

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Jordan Foley was told by judge to pay €300 to charity

Jordan Foley was told by judge to pay €300 to charity

Jordan Foley was told by judge to pay €300 to charity

A soldier told gardaí he would "fold them like a pretzel" when they found him drunk on a city centre street.

Jordan Foley (21) made the threat when the "red mist came down".

Judge Michael Walsh told him to pay €300 to charity at Dublin District Court and said he would strike the case out, leaving him without a criminal record.

Foley, of Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght pleaded guilty to public drunkenness, threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and obstructing gardaí.

Garda Sergeant Gail Smith said the incident happened on Dame Street at 2.30am on August 10.

Gardaí arrived to deal with an incident outside Spar and found the accused "quite intoxicated", carrying a bottle of brandy.

When they approached him and spoke to him, Foley told the gardaí he "would fold them like a pretzel", Sgt Smith said.

The gardaí went to arrest Foley and he resisted and had to be restrained before being brought to a garda station.

His reply when charged was "I done what I done."

Foley had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, his lawyer said. Nobody was injured in the incident and the obstruction was minor and he was simply avoiding arrest, she said.

The accused had joined the army a year ago and was "doing very well", the court heard.

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The offence spoke for itself, the lawyer said; Foley had been very drunk on the night and did not have a great recollection of it.

He acted out of "naivety and immaturity" but had since learned his lesson.

Foley's supervising officer told the judge Foley's progress in the army had been "great" and said "anything I ask him to do, he does it 100pc, he's a great worker".

Foley was "probably lacking in judgement on the night", he added.

"Quite clearly, he was highly intoxicated, whatever red mist came down," Judge Walsh said.​​​​​​

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