Garda threatened with syringe by man who had taken headshop drugs

Gardaí came across 35-year-old Trevor Curtis in a laneway in Dublin City centre while he was screaming and roaring into the air “f**k off, don't come near me”. Curtis, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a syringe to threaten injury or intimidate another on Bedford Lane in Temple Bar on 14 April, 2014.
He also pleaded guilty to the robbery of a betting shop on Wicklow Street, Dublin on 27 October, 2014.
The court heard that during the first offence after injecting himself with the head shop drug “Snowblow” Curtis believed he was being attacked by demons and was fighting them off. Garda Paul Gray agreed with Leona Frawley BL, defending, that this tallied with what he saw on the night. He testified that when he arrived in the lane he saw Curtis with a syringe in his hand. He told Curtis to drop the syringe but Curtis began waving it around aggressively and the Garda then pepper sprayed Curtis. Judge Martin Nolan released Curtis into the custody of the Probation Services on a strict condition that he stay at a residential drug treatment centre and obey all directions of the Probation Services. Curtis has 43 previous convictions including three for this same offence. He was also previously jailed for a Dublin robbery and received a suspended sentence at Longford Circuit Court for robbery.

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