Street-fighter had co­caine in pocket


Bray People - - NEWS -

A MAN due to get mar­ried this year who got caught up in a fight and had co­caine in his pocket was sen­tenced to three months in prison.

‘I never threw one punch, I was the vic­tim in that whole in­ci­dent,’ called Craig Mur­phy, 34 Kil­ladreenan, New­town­moun­tkennedy, as Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan called out the sen­tence.

Mur­phy (28) was ar­rested on the morn­ing of Au­gust 8 at 1.20 a.m. in New­town. Garda James Reynolds saw him fight­ing with an­other man and told him to move away. He went to go back in­side a ho­tel and threat­ened staff when he was re­fused en­try. Garda Reynolds told him he would be ar­rested, to which Mur­phy replied ‘who’s go­ing to ar­rest me?’ and he then clenched his fist.

Garda Reynolds had to use pep­per spray to sub­due the de­fen­dant. He was searched and €70 of co­caine was found in his pocket.

So­lic­i­tor Conway O’Hara said that Mur­phy was at a sports so­cial func­tion on the night.

His brother was in a dis­pute in­side, which Mur­phy was not a part of. He brought the brother out­side which is when Garda Reynolds en­coun­tered them.

‘He has not been drink­ing or taken drugs since the in­ci­dent,’ said Mr. O’Hara. ‘He has turned a cor­ner. He’s get­ting mar­ried this year and his part­ner is ex­tremely up­set.’

Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan said that the mix­ture of drugs and vi­o­lence are linked.

‘Garda Reynolds gave this man the op­por­tu­nity to move off when he de­cided to take up his griev­ance with door staff,’ said the Judge. ‘And guess what’s in his pocket? Co­caine.’

The Judge gave Mur­phy two con­cur­rent sen­tences of three months each for breach­ing the peace and pos­ses­sion of drugs.

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