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Friday 20 October 2017

Model student spat at bouncer after an all-day booze binge

A MODEL student spat at a bouncer after he was refused entry into a city centre pub.

Paul Coffey (23) went drinking all day with friends shortly after he arrived home from working in the US for summer.

He also spat in a garda's face after officers were called to the incident on Dublin's Camden Street. Three gardai were needed to restrain him, a court heard.

A judge said he would strike out the charges if Coffey donated €400 to Dublin Hospice.

Coffey's lawyer described him as "mild-mannered" and "pleasant", saying the young man had no recollection of the night.

Judge Patrick McMahon described alcohol as a "great curse" and said it was the worst drug in the country.

The defendant, of Kilcooley, Drumree, Co Meath, admitted before Dublin District Court to threatening and abusive behaviour, assault of a peace officer and assaulting a doorman.



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The incident took place on Camden Street, Dublin 2, on September 4 last.

Garda Joe Lowney said he was called to Flannery's Pub shortly before 2am following reports of an incident outside the pub. Coffey was being restrained outside the pub by two doormen when he arrived.

The defendant spat in his face, and was roaring and shouting. The garda said Coffey was refused entry to the pub because he was too aggressive at the front door. He then spat into the face of one of the doorman.

Three gardai were needed to put the handcuffs on Coffey.

The court heard the defendant had no previous convictions. Defence solicitor Michael Kelleher said Coffey's parents were in court and were very distressed by the incident.

Coffey, who is studying finance in college, worked in the US for the summer, and had returned to Ireland two days before.

He had met up with a gang of his friends, and they had gone drinking for the day.

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