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Sunday 4 December 2016

Drunk father threatened hospital staff

Francis O'Hanlon was drinking vodka at the hospital
Francis O'Hanlon was drinking vodka at the hospital

A father-of-two who got into "verbals" with hospital security staff was worried about this child at the time, a court heard.

Francis O'Hanlon (53) started shouting "f**k off, get off me" after he was restrained by security staff.

Judge John Cheatle ordered O'Hanlon to enter into a peace bond for six months.

The defendant, with an address at Fortunestown Crescent in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place at the Emergency Department of Tallaght Hospital on September 24 last year.

Garda Colin Hetherington said he was called to Tallaght hospital around 6pm following reports that security were having trouble with a man.

Gda Hetherington said O'Hanlon was being restrained and held by security staff, and he was shouting at them, "f**k off, get off me".

The garda said O'Hanlon was very intoxicated and was drinking a naggin of vodka.

The court heard the defendant has 28 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said O'Hanlon is married with two young children.

Mr Hennessy said the defendant, who is on disability, was worried about his child, who had been taken to hospital.

O'Hanlon was leaving the Emergency Department when he got into "verbals" with security staff, said Mr Hennessy.

He also said O'Hanlon wished to apologise unreservedly for his behaviour.

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