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Sunday 4 December 2016

Man 'foaming at mouth' as he abused gardai in the middle of road, court hears

Dublin District Court

Jason Byrne
Jason Byrne

A YOUNG man was arrested after he stood in the middle of a road, shouting abuse at gardai and "foaming at the mouth", a court heard.

Jason Byrne (20), who was described as "highly excitable", had to be arrested again at a hospital A&E when he refused to leave after a disturbance.

Judge James Faughnan told him to carry out 220 hours community service instead of a five-month prison sentence.

Byrne, of Rory O'Connor House, Hardwicke Street, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace. He also admitted failing to obey garda directions.

Dublin District Court heard the first incident happened at 3.40pm at St Peter's Road, Phibsboro on October 23 last year.

The accused was "acting suspiciously" and began shouting at the gardai.

"He was under the influence of an intoxicant, he was foaming at the mouth," a garda said.

The court heard on February 19 last, gardai were called the Mater Hospital where Byrne was aggressive and demanding to see a doctor. Staff said he was fit to be discharged but he refused to leave.

Byrne had injured his right hand and was waiting when a drunk man lunged at him, his solicitor Jenny McGeever said.

He was defending himself, but accepted he should have let security deal with it.

"He is a man who I would have to describe as being of a highly excitable nature," Ms McGeever said.

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