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Saturday 3 December 2016

Man had blackout after 'drink was spiked'

A father-of-one arrested for his drunken behaviour told the court he believed his drink had been spiked
A father-of-one arrested for his drunken behaviour told the court he believed his drink had been spiked

A father-of-one arrested for his drunken behaviour in a hospital after a work night out believed his drink had been spiked.

Carl Adams (21) had woken up the next morning with a "charge sheet in his back pocket and a hospital ID tag" on his wrist, a court heard.

Judge James Faughnan said he would leave him without a conviction if he made a €200 charity donation.

Adams, of Rosemount Estate, Dundrum, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and causing a breach of the peace at St James's Hospital last August 12.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were called because of his behaviour at 5.05am.

On arrival, they saw Adams in an extremely agitated state. He refused staff requests for him to leave.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said it was a "nightmare" for anyone to wake up the next morning "with a charge sheet in your back pocket".

Adams had gone out with work colleagues on the night.

He had only three or four pints but "blacked out for some reason" and believed his drink had been spiked.

The accused, who has a young daughter, had no prior convictions and had never been in trouble before.

Judge James Faughnan adjourned the case and said he would strike the charges out if the charity donation is made.

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