A father of seven who took his shirt off during a confrontation with another outside Dundalk Courthouse has ‘no more business being in Dundalk’.
Arthur McGinley, (29), Drumheath Gardens, Mulhuddart, was before the court for a number of public order offences which arose from two different occasions. The court heard how on June 23 2015, shortly after midday, Gardai at the courthouse saw McGinley shouting at another man, threatening him to fight with him.
Gardai told McGinley to stop but he continued to be aggressive and took off his shirt as he ran towards the other man.
And on February 2 last year, at around midnight, McGinley was abusive to gardai when they approached him on the footpath at Cherryvale, Bay Estate.
Solicitor Jeremy Ring said his client had received a very serious injury to his head on February 2 and required stitches but ‘he didn’t wish charged to be brought and he accepts that he was drunk when he was assaulted’. But McGinley ‘seemed to be more sinned against than the sinner’ on this occasion.
McGinley has 35 previous convictions including for driving and public order offences.
Mr Ring said the defendant wanted to apologise for his behaviour and ‘he won’t be coming to this part of the country again as he has no business here any more’. When McGinley drinks, ‘he drinks too much and behaves badly’,