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Sunday 20 August 2017

Man told to make €300 donation to charity

A YOUNG man who became aggressive towards gardai when ordered to leave an area may escape a conviction if he makes a donation to charity.

Garrett Tormey (21) was drunk and continued to be aggressive when gardai tried to break up a scuffle between several males at a retail park.

Tormey, of Ballywaltrim Heights in Bray, pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to being intoxicated at Airside Retail Park in Swords on September 27, 2014.

He further pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour on the same date.

INVOLVED

Garda Simon Gerrard said the defendant and several other males were involved in a scuffle on the night.

"The defendant continued to be aggressive when gardai told him to leave the area," said Gda Gerrard. "He had a lot of drink taken."

Tormey has no previous convictions. His solicitor said when the fight broke out Tormey should have left the area and went home, but didn't go home.

She said Tormey went to Swords Garda Station the following day and apologised to gardai.

Judge Dempsey ordered that if Tormey brings €300 as a charitable contribution to court with him on April 20 he will consider applying the Probation Act.

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