The court heard the sign, placed on the main Cork/Waterford road by the 67-year-old, had caused deep offence to many people.
The false claim landed Thomas Walsh, who resides in a mobile home at Boherboy, Grange, midway between Dungarvan and Youghal, before Judge James McNulty at Dungarvan District Court on charges of assaulting a Waterford County Council litter warden and a garda officer on separate occasions.
The court heard that in the incident involving the litter warden, Mr Walsh brandished a pen knife and thrust it at him, and he produced a much larger knife to the garda officer, threatening to cut his throat.
Mr Walsh yesterday denied all the allegations. He said he had told both parties to get off his property.
Waterford County Council traffic warden Patrick Tobin told the court he went to Mr Walsh’s place of residence on September 21 last to serve him with a final notice under the Litter Act in respect of displaying the offending sign on the public road.
The defendant became aggressive and produced a pen knife which he thrust in his direction.
Garda John O’Dwyer told the court he visited Mr Walsh on October 15 after receiving a report that the offensive sign was again on display.
When the defendant saw him he threw the sign in over his gate.
“Walsh told me to f**k off and also gave me the V-sign,” said Garda O’Dwyer. “I then left but returned ten minutes later to find that the sign was back on the roadside. I went to speak to him but he responded “f**k off you pig’’ and “f**k your mother”.”
Garda O’Dwyer said Mr Walsh then produced a large knife and threatened to cut his throat.
Mr Walsh denied even having the knife, which was produced in court, and said it was he who was assaulted by the gardaí.
Judge McNulty convicted Walsh on both assault charges and said he would remand Mr Walsh on bail to October 7. He was fined €100 under the Litter Act and ordered to pay legal costs of €550.
The court heard Mr Walsh has previous convictions for assaulting a garda, harassment and stalking.