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Sunday 23 April 2017

'Drunk and abusive' clubber was trying to contact girlfriend

Jason Delaney had been refused entry to the city centre club
Jason Delaney had been refused entry to the city centre club

A nightclubber who threatened door staff when he was refused entry for being drunk has been told to make a charity donation to avoid a criminal record.

Jason Delaney (24) was verbally abusive and told employees he would "come back" when they stopped him going into the Dublin city centre club.

The sales and marketing worker maintained he had been trying to contact his girlfriend, who was inside the club.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for payment of €250 to charity.

Delaney, with an address at Windmill Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting words and behaviour to cause a breach of the peace.

He also admitted a charge of public drunkenness in the same episode.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Lower Rathmines Road on July 17 last year.

Garda Sergeant Niall Gillooly told Judge Walsh the defendant was outside a nightclub using "an amount of obscene language" and was highly intoxicated.

Threaten

He used threatening words to the door staff, telling them he was "going to come back".

Judge Walsh asked what the accused had said he was going to do when he came back.

"Threaten them further," Sgt Gillooly replied.

The court heard it was 2.40am, Delaney had been refused entry to the club, but his girlfriend was inside. He was trying to call her, but her phone was dead, his lawyer told the judge.

Delaney had been very drunk on the night in question and did not remember what he said to the door staff, his lawyer said in mitigation.

He worked in sales and marketing and had no previous convictions of any kind.

Delaney apologised and his lawyer asked Judge Walsh to consider leaving the accused without a conviction.

He asked the judge to take into account the defendant's guilty plea.

The judge adjourned the case for payment of €250 to charity and said he would give him a "chance" if this was done.

He remanded Delaney on continuing bail to appear in court again on April 25.

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