Man had wine bot­tle in pocket

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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