Drunk forklift driver threatened to kill gardai

A forklift driver threatened to kill gardai and told them they "didn't know what he was capable of" during a drunken city centre disturbance.

Patrick Rogers (31) became aggressive towards officers when they came to investigate an incident in which he had punched a window - herald.ie.

Judge Katherine Hutton put him on a six-month peace bond.

Rogers, of St Brendan's Avenue, Coolock, admitted public intoxication and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour, as well as threatening to cause damage.

Dublin District Court heard that gardai were on mountain bike patrol on O'Connell Street on November 29.

They saw the accused being restrained by security outside a premises. He was "clearly highly intoxicated" and smelled of alcohol when spoken to.

Rogers was very aggressive to the officers and made "various threats" to them, the court heard.

Punched

He said gardai "didn't know what he was capable of" and that he would kill them.

Security told gardai the accused had punched a window on the premises, attempting to damage it, before the officers arrived. However, no actual damage was caused.

Rogers, who was arrested at the scene, had a number of previous convictions.

He apologised to gardai and court for taking up their time, his lawyer said.

The accused was living at home with his parents, had a forklift licence and hoped to start work in a timber factory in the new year.

He recognised that his behaviour on the night was unacceptable and he was remorseful over what happened.

Judge Hutton put him on a peace bond and granted free legal aid after hearing he was unemployed.

There was no garda objection to legal aid.

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