Man had wine bottle in pocket
AN Enniskerry man was in Bray District Court last Thursday facing three different charges of being drunk in public on three different occasions.
Dagan Vickers (27), 79 Ballybrew, Enniskerry, denied all charges.
Garda Gavin Fleet told the court that on June 15, Vickers was asleep on a park bench in Dalkey. He smelled of alcohol, said the garda, and when gardai woke him he was unable to speak. ‘We had to aid him into the back of the van,’ said Garda Fleet. He also had a rucksack and a guitar with him.
Garda Sean Liddy said that on July 18 Vickers was walking along Main Street, Enniskerry, with no top on. He said that Vickers was carrying cider, and he was unsteady on his feet.
Garda Martin Callaghan said that he was on patrol on August 31 on Strand Road at 2.30 a.m.
Vickers was outside a pub with an open can of beer and an open wine bottle in his pocket.
‘He was struggling to talk and refused to give his name and address,’ said Garda Callaghan.
‘I felt like I was being harassed,’ Vickers told the court. ‘Plenty of people were standing around.’ He also asked the garda at the time if he had a reasonable suspicion that he had committed an offence.
Solicitor Conway O’Hara produced case law with regard to the public drunkenness charges. He said that simply being unsteady on your feet or carrying alcohol were not enough.
He said that no proof was given that Vickers was a danger to himself or others. Judge Hamill said that he would convict on the refusal of name and address and accept submissions with regard to the drunk in public charges. The case was adjourned to January 26 with a medical report ordered.