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Sunday 4 December 2016

Customers abused by drunk in city shop

Byrne then became abusive to gardai, a court heard.
Byrne then became abusive to gardai, a court heard.

A MAN who was drunk and abused customers in a Ballymun shop has been given the benefit of the Probation Act at Dublin District Court.

Trainee scaffolder Christopher Byrne (31) also refused to give gardai his details when they arrested him for the offences.

Garda Dominic Lynskey gave evidence that he arrested Byrne at around 11.25pm on the Ballymun Road, as he was highly intoxicated and disturbing customers in the shop.

He said Byrne then became abusive to gardai.

Byrne, of Whiteacre Place in Ballymun, pleaded guilty to being intoxicated, using threatening and abusive behaviour and refusing to give gardai his details at Ballymun Road on August 2.

Cash

Byrne's solicitor explained to Judge Michael Walsh that it was the anniversary of his mother's death.

"He went out for drinks and when he left the pub he tried to get a taxi," explained the solicitor.

"But he realised he didn't have any cash on him to pay his fare."

The solicitor said Byrne, who has eight previous convictions, went in to a nearby shop to try and get cash back on his bank card, but because he was drunk he became abusive.

The solicitor said Byrne is "very apologetic" for his behaviour. "It was nothing more but that he was drunk," the solicitor added.

Judge Walsh gave Byrne the benefit of the Probation Act on all of the charges.

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