Man’s threat to bite off garda’s nose
SUSPENDED SENTENCE HANDED DOWN
A MAN who threatened to bite off a garda’s nose received a one month suspended sentence when he appeared before Judge Murrough Connellan at last week’s sitting of Bray District Court.
Philip Hipwell (26), 21 Dargle Heights, Bray was charged with engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Dublin Road, Bray on June 16, 2009.
Garda David Robinson said that at 10.20 a.m. on the morning in question he was dealing with a road traffic matter when Hipwell approached him and said ‘you are being a pr**k, that’s what you are. I would bite your nose off you pr**k.’
He was arrested then. The court heard he had 19 previous convictions, four of which were for engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.
Acting for Hipwell solicitor Brendan Maloney said that Hipwell had come from the garage across the road and was on the way to a funeral of a friend. He was upset.
Mr. Maloney said his partner, who was with him at the time, had told him to calm down.
Judge Connellan said ‘ there is no excuse for this behaviour. I have to take his 19 previous convictions into account. This is particularly nasty and vicious sort of statement to say to anyone.’
He sentenced him to one month’s imprisonment which he suspended for a year.