Friday 28 October 2016

Apology saved man from prison sentence

A MAN who reacted badly after a number of girls were injured when an unrelated fight broke out at a Swords hotel has been given community service work to complete instead of a custodial sentence.

Keith Warren (27) thought he was helping at the time but realised the errors of his ways, his solicitor Swords District Court.

Judge Dermot Dempsey told Keith Warren his apology to gardai is what has saved him from a custodial sentence and ordered he complete 240 hours community service in lieu of two months jail.

Warren, of Rivermeade Drive, St Margaret's in Swords, pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour and being intoxicated at Carnegie Court Hotel, North Street in Swords on January 25. abusive Garda Alan McGrath gave evidence at Swords District Court that Warren was being abusive to door staff at the hotel at 2.45am. He said Warren, who has seven previous public order offences, apologised to gardai the following day.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Warren has had trouble with drink in the past. "He reacted very badly after a fight broke out and a number of girls were injured," said Ms D'Arcy.

Judge Dempsey noted that Warren has already been given the Probation Act and community service for previous offences.

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