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Sunday 23 July 2017

Rowdy Patrick's Day reveller 'has knocked booze on head'

Rytis Baltrimas was fined €80 for threatening behaviour
Rytis Baltrimas was fined €80 for threatening behaviour

A drunken St Patrick's Day reveller was arrested when he refused to go home after arguing with city centre pub bouncers.

Rytis Baltrimas (24), who was highly intoxicated, "did not drink that often", Blanchardstown District Court was told.

Baltrimas, of Butterfield Park, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour with intent to cause a breach of the peace.

Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan told the court the incident happened in Upper O'Connell Street on March 17.

The defendant was in a highly intoxicated state when gardai saw him at 7.30pm. He was arguing with bouncers outside Ned Kelly's Pub and was told to leave the area.

When he refused to do so, he was arrested and taken to a garda station where he was charged.

The court was told that Baltrimas had one previous conviction.

The accused was single and had been living in Ireland for seven years, said Joe Coonan, defending.

He was working in the construction industry and did not drink that often, the court was told.

Baltrimas realised now that he could not drink and had "knocked it on the head", said Mr Coonan.

He asked the judge to be as lenient as he could and said the defendant would be amenable to making a charity contribution if he could be left without a criminal conviction.

Judge McHugh said he would have dealt with the case in this way were it not for the fact that the defendant had a previous conviction.

He fined him €80 for the breach of the peace charge and took a second public order charge into consideration.

The court heard free legal aid had been granted in the case. There was no garda objection.

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