Took­shirtoff out­side­court

The Argus - - NEWS -

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’,

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