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Thursday 8 December 2016

Drunk man spat at gardai and abused tourists

The incident happened in Temple Bar Square
The incident happened in Temple Bar Square

AN out-of-work builder began spitting at gardai when he was arrested for drunkenly shouting at tourists in Dublin city centre.

Krzystof Wojtasiak (34) seemed to be trying to provoke a fight, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge William Hamill jailed him for six months, concurrent to a sentence he is already serving.

Wojtasiak pleaded guilty to public drunkenness, causing a breach of the peace and failing to obey garda directions.

The court heard gardai found him shouting at a group of tourists in Temple Bar Square last July 4.

He was drinking alcohol, taking an "aggressive stance" and telling people to "f*** off". He appeared to be trying to provoke a fight, a garda said.

When told to move on, he "spat out" at members of the gardai and had to be restrained.

The accused, of Cedar House, Marlborough Place, Dublin, had a severe alcohol addiction, his solicitor said. He had previous convictions and alcohol was at the root.

He accepted his behaviour on the evening was "quite despicable". When he was not drinking, he was a "quiet individual".

Wojtasiak had worked as a builder, and when he lost his job, "alcohol reared its ugly head."

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