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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Brandy blamed for mourner's behaviour

The brandy had
The brandy had "a bad effect" on him, said the solicitor.

A mourner got drunk on brandy after a cousin's funeral and picked up a chair and threw it across a pub, a court heard.

Patrick O'Leary (36) claimed he never drinks brandy and it "had a bad effect on him".

Judge David McHugh ordered Mr O'Leary to complete 80 hours community service in lieu of two months in prison.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour at West End village in Blanchardstown on August 4 last.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were called to Wetherspoons pub around 8pm following reports a man had been verbally abusive to staff.

Sgt Callaghan said O'Leary was drunk and aggressive and he picked up a chair and threw it across the pub.

The court heard the defendant, of St Philomena's Park in Ballycoolin, has 20 previous convictions, though his last public order conviction was five years ago.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said O'Leary was at a cousin's funeral and he was drinking brandy, which he never drinks.

The brandy had "a bad effect" on him, said the solicitor.

Mr O'Doherty said O'Leary, who is married and has five children, has been sober since this incident.

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