Man who told gda to ‘f*** off’ is fined

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - By NICOLA DON­NELLY

A MAN who was drink­ing in pub­lic and be­came ag­gres­sive to­wards gar­dai telling them to “F**k off” has been con­victed and fined €100.

Michael Joyce (20) was drink­ing with his co-ac­cused Michael Mcdon­agh

(20) at Ham­let Lane in Bal­brig­gan.

Both men were in­tox­i­cated and when Garda Paul Mc­geogh asked them to leave the area, Joyce be­came ag­gres­sive and told him to ‘f*** off’ be­fore run­ning away. Gda Mc­geogh said he was un­able to catch Joyce on the night but ar­rested him later. He said when he was ar­rested the de­fen­dant was very apolo­getic.

His co-ac­cused Michael Mcdon­agh was try­ing to con­trol his friend from be­hav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately but be­cause he was in­tox­i­cated he too be­came ag­gres­sive, Bal­brig­gan Dis­trict Court heard.

Joyce of Brega Es­tate, Ham­let Lane in Bal­brig­gan pleaded guilty to be­ing in­tox­i­cated and us­ing threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour at Ham­let Lane on June 7. Joyce has eight pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions. Mcdon­agh, of Bel­camp Green in Coolock pleaded guilty to be­ing in­tox­i­cated on the same date. An of­fence of us­ing threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour was struck out. He has one pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion. De­fence bar­ris­ter An­nette Kealy said Joyce, who is mar­ried with two chil­dren, can­not re­mem­ber the in­ci­dent but was only aware of it when he got the sum­mons.

‘He ac­cepts it hap­pened and is ashamed of him­self,’ said Ms Kealy.

‘He is not drink­ing at all now and has come to terms with the fact that al­co­hol does not agree with him,’ she said, ad­ding that he works as a waiter in Tem­ple Bar in Dublin city cen­tre.

She said Mcdon­agh was ‘try­ing to be the re­spon­si­ble one on the night’ but be­cause of the al­co­hol he be­came ag­gres­sive to­wards gar­dai.

‘He apologises and is ashamed,’ she told Bal­brig­gan Dis­trict court.

Judge Der­mot Dempsey con­victed and fined Joyce €100 for us­ing threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour and took the of­fence of be­ing in­tox­i­cated into con­sid­er­a­tion.

He con­victed and fined Mcdon­agh €100 for be­ing in­tox­i­cated in pub­lic.

Bal­brig­gan Dis­trict Court.

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