A lovestruck Christmas reveller threatened Gardai, spat in their faces and then set off a fire alarm after being rejected by his ex-girlfriend.

Gareth Bryson was arrested outside a nightclub after getting into a row while trying to speak with his ex-girlfriend on December 22nd last.

Bryson, aged 24, from Castlefin, in Co Donegal was attending a Christmas jumper party at Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey when he got into a row and received a bloody nose.

When Gardai arrived at the premises Bryson went berserk and began to abuse Gardai by calling them “useless pricks” and “dirty Fenian bastards”.

He was arrested but warned Gardai that he knew where they lived and that he would make their families pay.

When he finally arrived at Letterkenny Garda station he spat in the face of officers and tried to kick them.

The following morning at 7am he was released from custody but was still aggressive, tore a poster from the Garda station wall before setting off a fire alarm and being rearrested.

Solicitor Kieran Dillon told Letterkenny District Court that his client had a lot of alcohol taken and was ashamed of what had happened.

He said his client thought that he had lost money in the Garda station and the only way to recover it was to get himself rearrested.

“He was in a hole and couldn’t get himself out. He broke up with his girlfriend and took comfort in alcohol.

“He is deeply ashamed of what happened,” added Mr Dillon.

The court was told that Bryson had already paid €50 towards the €147 cost of setting off the fire alarm at Letterkenny Garda station.

Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until May 27th to allow Bryson to pay the balance of the compensation and ordered a probation report on the accused.


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