Wednesday 26 October 2016

Dad arrested after row over spilled milk

Dublin District Court

A FATHER-of-five has been given a suspended sentence for his part in a fight over spilled milk in a Dublin shop.

Michael Duggan (33) had been sent by his mother to buy a carton of milk but it fell and splashed over another customer, who became angry.

The two men got into an altercation and staff had to remove them from the shop and call gardai. Judge William Hamill gave Duggan a one-month suspended sentence at Dublin District Court.

Duggan, of St Teresa's Gardens, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace at Centra, Cork Street, on February 10 last year.

Gda Enda Kenny said that when he arrived at 1.50pm, Duggan had been removed. He continued to be aggressive and was arrested.

The officer agreed with defence barrister Edel Gilligan that Duggan had been more co-operative back at the garda station.

"His mother sent him to the shop to get milk, he dropped the carton of milk and it splashed another person who got annoyed about it," Ms Gilligan said. "The other person was very irate and there was an altercation."

The court heard Duggan had a number of previous convictions but had not been in trouble since 2013.

The defendant, a roofer, was in sole charge of three of his children.

Judge Hamill suspended the sentence for six months.

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