Drunk Corkman spent an hour making 999 calls

Emergency 999 calls were made repeatedly for an hour by a Corkman who, became abusive when approached by gardaí.

David Broderick, aged 38, of 28 Ardcarrig, Carrigaline, yesterday pleaded guilty at Cork District Court to two counts under the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act.

He admitted engaging in threatening and abusive words or behaviour, and being drunk and a source of danger to himself or others.

Insp Bill Duane said Garda James Kelly was on duty at Carrigaline Garda Station at 11.15pm on February 6 when he received a call from the Garda radio room which handles 999 calls.

Garda Kelly was told that a man who sounded intoxicated had repeatedly been making emergency calls for the previous hour.

Garda Kelly found the caller, who was Broderick, outside Carrigaline Garda Station intoxicated and drinking a can of beer.

Insp Duane said the defendant was a danger to himself or others at the time, as he was staggering around the road.

Broderick told Garda Kelly and Garda Philip Moore he was ringing gardaí because he wanted to go to hospital. At that stage, he began to get more aggressive, shouting at the gardaí and telling them to “fuck off”. In the end, they had to put handcuffs on and arrest him.

Eddie Burke, solicitor, said the defendant’s doctor had explained to Broderick he would refer him to a psychiatrist after he gave up alcohol. Mr Burke said the accused was apologetic.

Judge Olann Kelleher fined Broderick €150 for drunkenness and €250 for threatening behaviour.

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