Man’s threat to bite off garda’s nose


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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.

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