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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Labourer insulted sister-in-law and garda

Martin O’Neill was fined €200 for public order offences
Martin O’Neill was fined €200 for public order offences

A man was arrested for hurling abuse at his sister-in-law in a street row after his aunt's 50th birthday party, a court heard.

Martin O'Neill (29) was fined €200 for public order offences in the incident.

O'Neill, a father-of-two with an address at Drumcliffe Road, Cabra West, admitted to breach of the peace and failing to obey gardai on January 24, 2016.

Dublin District Court heard that after officers intervened in the incident, O'Neill turned to a garda and "abused him in particularly insulting terms".

The verbal abuse, foul language and insults continued while O'Neill was being brought to Mountjoy Garda Station in a patrol car.

The accused had "attended his aunt's 50th birthday party and unfortunately had drink taken that night," his lawyer said.

"There was a lot of drink taken, a lot of family members were present and things got out of hand."

Fight

The court heard a relative became involved in a fight and the accused tried to intervene.

The accused had a number of previous convictions.

Judge Anthony Halpin observed that O'Neill had been given three chances on the night.

The charges against O'Neill were under the Public Order Act.

He worked as a labourer, the court heard.

Judge Halpin imposed two fines of €99 each.

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