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Friday 9 December 2016

'Desperate' alcoholic drank hand wash

Blanchardstown

Aonghus McCann leaving Blanchardstown District Court
Aonghus McCann leaving Blanchardstown District Court

A PUBLIC order "nuisance" arrested for a litany of drunken disturbances around Dublin was so desperate for alcohol that he drank a bottle of hand sanitiser, a court heard.

The court heard Aonghus McCann was found lying on the ground outside a chipper on Main Street, Blanchardstown, on April 23, 2015.

When gardai tried to wake him up he became aggressive. The father of three was on crutches and unable to walk, so gardai arrested him for his own safety. The court heard McCann had serious injuries to his legs.

Aonghus McCann (39) was also arrested at locations in Tyrrelstown, Temple Bar, College Green, Westmoreland Street, D'Olier Street, Fade Street and Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown between September 2013 and May this year.

"To say he is a chronic alcoholic would be to underestimate the situation," defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said.

Mr Hanahoe said that on one of the occasions he was arrested McCann had drunk a bottle of hand sanitiser, "so desperate was he for alcohol".

Enemy

"Mr McCann is a nuisance and his own worst enemy," Judge McHugh said.

McCann, from Curragh Hall Crescent, Tyrrelstown, admitted public intoxication and abusive behaviour in at least 15 different incidents when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh ordered a pre-sentence probation report.

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