A YOUNG man drinking at a bonfire shouted insults at gardaí and threatened to break their jaws.
Wayne Collins of 36 Orrery Road, Gurranabraher, Cork, pleaded guilty to charges of being drunk and a danger and engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
Sergeant John Kelleher described at Cork District Court what happened on January 22 at Killala Gardens, Knocknaheeny, Cork.
On that date, a number of young men were drinking around a bonfire in the area. Gardaí arrived and told them to move on and they did move a short distance away.
However, Wayne Collins began shouting at gardaí.
Sgt. Kelleher said the 22-year-old shouted, “You f***ing pigs. I’ll break your jaws. W***ers. Handicaps.”
The accused had no previous convictions.
Shane Collins-Daly said the young man was highly intoxicated at the time.
“He accepts he said what was alleged. He has instructed me to apologise. He is very sorry and ashamed.
“This is not something he was ever involved in before,” Mr Collins Daly said.
Judge Olann Kelleher said that if the accused had previous convictions he would have been going to jail.
Instead, the judge fined him €250 for the threatening comments and €150 for being drunk and a danger.
“You will be at risk of prison if you come before the court again,” the judge warned.