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Prison term Man who held a blade to his partner's neck and then threw knives at intervening gardai is jailed

David Dwyer (37) has previous convictions for arson, robbery, assault and possession of knives.

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Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

A father-of-two who threw two knives at a garda who intervened as he held a knife to his partner's neck has been jailed for 18 months.

David Dwyer (37) was “highly intoxicated” when he threatened to stab two gardaí who had to force entry into a house in order to apprehend him.

Dwyer, of Primrose Grove, Darndale, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to production of an article in the course of a dispute at Edenmore Avenue, Raheny, on February 22, 2018.

His previous convictions include arson, robbery, assault and possession of knives.

Garda Martin Cullen told Kate Egan BL, prosecuting, that on the date in question, he received a call regarding a domestic incident and attended the scene with another garda.

Gda Cullen said he looked through a window and saw Dwyer holding his then partner against a wall, shouting at her and holding a knife to her neck.

Dwyer then put his face against the glass and said he would stab the woman if the gardaí came inside.

The gardaí forced the door open, got the woman away from the accused and told him to put the knife down.

Dwyer refused, drew a second knife and threatened to stab the gardaí again.

Gda Cullen said he deployed his pepper spray, but this had no effect and Dwyer threw the two knives at him.

The garda then used his baton on Dwyer who continued to resist and eventually succeeded in getting handcuffs on the accused.

The garda agreed with Jennifer Jackson BL, defending, that her client is no longer in a relationship with the woman.

He agreed that the woman did not give a statement to gardaí.

Gda Cullen agreed that the accused was “highly intoxicated” at the time of the incident.

Ms Jackson said her client's father had died three years previously and this “reactivated” a difficulty he had with tablets and cocaine.

She said her client has no recollection of the incident.

Judge Martin Nolan said that while the incident was over in a short time it “could have gone the wrong way”.

He said putting a knife to the throat of the accused's then partner was “a serious matter”.

Judge Nolan said his convictions suggest the accused is “bad-tempered at certain points” and that he should not drink.

He said he thinks the accused is sorry and hopefully he can reform himself.

He sentenced Dwyer to 18 months imprisonment.

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