A 42-year-old Dublin man has been fined €400 for threatening to destroy a Paddy Power store. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
A Dublin man has pleaded guilty to abusive behavior towards a police officer and threatening to destroy a bookmaker.
threatened to break the legs of a supermarket employee
On November 21, 2022, drunken Stephen Conroy allegedly told the officer that he was a trained boxer and that he would “take him out” after he threatened to break the legs of a supermarket worker. According to his defense team, Conroy suffered from alcohol addiction and was “very deep” into it.
When Conroy appeared in Dublin District Court he was fined €400 ($420).
According to Garda Sergeant Michelle Lynch, police were called to a Tesco Express where they found Conroy drunk and insulting her.
When approached, he refused to provide his details, including his name and where he lived. Conroy is said to have insulted the police and tried to push them away. An employee claimed that Conroy said he would “break his legs.”
A few weeks later, on December 15, Conroy threatened police when they approached him in a “highly intoxicated” state.
He threatened the Garda that he would knock him out, he was a trained boxer.”
According to Sergeant Lynch: “He said he was going to break up Paddy Powers because he wanted his money back. He threatened the Garda that he would knock him out, he was a trained boxer.”
His defense claimed that at the time of the incidents, Conroy had suffered family grief over a six-month period and had left the family home. He therefore used alcohol as a means of escape.
Conroy has since cleansed and detoxed and apologized for his behavior.