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verbally abusive Driver tried to hit security man and made threat with car jack, court told


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A DRIVER stopped by shopping centre staff after he drove the wrong way around a car park got out and threatened to hit a security man with a car jack, a court heard.

Bernie Stokes (25) was verbally abusive to the man and threatened to "cut him off".

Judge David McHugh imposed a six-month sentence which he suspended for a period of two years.

The defendant, with an address at Shancastle Avenue in Clondalkin, admitted possession of a car jack and assaulting a security officer at Tesco car park Liffey Valley on May 19 last year.

Garda Shannon Martin told Blanchardstown District Court that Stokes drove the wrong way around the car park and security staff stopped the vehicle.

Gda Martin said Stokes got out of the vehicle. He was very aggressive and started shouting at the injured party.

The defendant went back to his car, removed a car jack from the vehicle and told the security man that he would "cut him off". Stokes tried to hit the victim but he did not make contact with him, the court heard.

Gda Martin said Stokes got back into his car and drove away from the scene.

Gardaí later collected CCTV footage from the car park and Stokes was identified, the court heard.

A victim impact statement was handed into court but not read out. Judge McHugh accepted the incident was "quite an ordeal" for the security guard.

Gda Martin said Stokes was arrested and did not make any admissions during interview.

The court heard Stokes had 36 previous convictions.

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Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said that Stokes, who has a partner and children, did not make physical contact with the security guard.

He threatened to do so but was stopped from hitting him, the solicitor said.

Mr Fleming added that Stokes did not make any admissions when gardaí interviewed him.

However, he accepted it was him in the CCTV footage, and off camera acknowledged his "guilt and stupidity".

Mr Fleming also said Stokes wished to apologise for his behaviour.

Imposing a suspended sentence, Judge McHugh said Stokes had admitted his guilt, there was no physical assault and the defendant had co-operated with gardaí.

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