Man­was ‘has­sling­women’

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Hassling women on Park Street on New Year’s Eve landed an Ar­magh man in court last week.

Der­mot Fox, (35), Mar­ian Av­enue, Magh­ery, was in Dun­dalk vis­it­ing rel­a­tives for Christ­mas when on De­cem­ber 31, he was spot­ted by Gar­dai ‘har­rass­ing women in the street’. He was ap­proached by Gar­dai and ‘asked him to de­sist’ but he ‘re­peat­edly abused Gar­dai’ and when they tried to ar­rest him he ‘re­sisted vi­o­lently’.

Solic­i­tor Frank McDon­nell said his client, who works in the UK< had trav­elled back to Ireland for the case. Fox has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and was spend­ing the fes­tive pe­riod with rel­a­tives in Dun­dalk.

Mr McDon­nell said the de­fen­dant went out with his brother on New Year’s Eve and ‘be­came dis­ori­en­tated’ as he didn’t know Dun­dalk. The in­ci­dent was ‘most ex­tra­or­di­nary’ for him and one which Fox ‘very much re­grets’.

Judge Bren­nan found the facts proven and dis­missed the case. sen­tence and banned Mar­shall from driv­ing for two years.

Judge Bren­nan said: ‘If you can’t ser­vice it in the com­mu­nity, you will serve it in cus­tody’. the solic­i­tor added.

In ad­di­tion, the de­fen­dant suf­fers from de­pres­sion ‘and drink­ing doesn’t help mat­ters’.

Judge Bren­nan im­posed a three month sen­tence, but sus­pended it for three months.

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