A man who threw a punch outside a courthouse, leading to a “volatile situation” requiring 20 gardai to control it, has pleaded guilty to violent disorder.
Dad-of-three Devon Hennessey (24), of Sheephill Avenue, Blanchardstown, will be sentenced later for the offence at the main entrance to Blanchardstown District Court on November 9, 2017.
Garda Richard Finan said Hennessey approached another man and punched him in the face “without prior warning or provocation”.
He said there were “background issues” between the two men, and he immediately intervened and tried to restrain Hennessey.
He said Hennessey resisted him and tried to go back to the other man, shouting at him “You are a dead man”.
A number of other gardai had to assist to continue to physically restrain Hennessey, while other associates of his tried to get involved in the situation.
Gda Finan said “15 to 20 members of gardai were needed to calm down the situation that became increasingly volatile”.
The defendant claimed, through his legal counsel, that the man made a “vile comment” about his disabled son, which “sparked this off”.
“The other side of the factions have moved away from the area. I don’t believe there has been any more incidents,” said Gda Finan.
Judge Greally adjourned sentencing to May 5 and ordered a report from the Probation Service to establish if Hennessey would be suitable for community service.