Friday 28 October 2016

Dad-of-two got 'into people's faces' on street

Stephen Duffy pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour
Stephen Duffy pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour

A father-of-two became aggressive towards gardai who saw him getting "up into people's faces" during a late-night row, a court heard.

Stephen Duffy (37) had had an argument with his girlfriend and acted "completely out of character" when gardai tried to calm him down.

Judge Bryan Smyth told him he will leave him without a criminal record if he makes a €200 donation to charity.

Duffy, with an address at Whitestown Park, Mulhuddart, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour with intent to cause a breach of the peace. Dublin District Court heard the public order incident happened at Crampton Quay in the city centre on July 29 last year.

A garda sergeant said in evidence that officers were on patrol in the area at 12.50am when they saw Duffy gesturing towards a group of people in an aggressive manner.

He was "getting right up into their faces" and gardai heard him using verbally abusive language toward the group, the sergeant said.


When they approached him, Duffy also became agitated and aggressive towards the gardai.

He continued to behave in this manner despite being asked to calm down and was arrested and charged, the sergeant continued.

He had no previous convictions of any kind and had never been in trouble before.

Duffy had two children and was unemployed at the time of the incident, his solicitor Amanda Connolly said.

He was now working on the Poolbeg site as an electrician.

"On the night in question, he was out and had a row with his girlfriend, things got heated and he acted completely out of character," Ms Connolly said.

He apologised and Ms Connolly asked the judge to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances, given the defendant's guilty plea.

Judge Smyth adjourned the case to a date next month and said he would strike the charge out, leaving the defendant without a conviction if he makes a €200 donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund.

The charge against Duffy was under Section 6 of the Public Order Act. He did not address the court and was remanded on continuing bail.

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