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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Man broke door while ‘angry at himself’

Thursday 18 February 2016. Blanchardstown DC. Marek Plaszczynski of Oak Way, Clondalkin, charged with public order offences
Thursday 18 February 2016. Blanchardstown DC. Marek Plaszczynski of Oak Way, Clondalkin, charged with public order offences

A householder injured himself smashing his own front door as he tried to get in, then hurled abuse at gardai who offered him first aid.

Marek Plaszczynski was “angry at himself” for having left his house keys in his car after a night’s drinking, a court heard.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened at Oak Way, Clondalkin on January 22 last. Gardai arrived to find the accused in a “highly intoxicated and aggressive state”.

He had been trying to gain entry to his own house by smashing in the front door.

Gardai tried to administer first aid because he had injured himself. However, he became extremely abusive and was arrested.

“Most of his aggression was directed at himself, but he was out of control,” defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said. “His anger at himself overflowed.”

Plaszczynski had “far too much to drink” but “did the right thing” in getting alternative transport home.

“He entirely lost his temper, due to his own foolishness of having left his keys in his car,” Ms Brennan said.

Pleaded

Judge Grainne O’Neill fined him €250 for public order offences. Plaszczynski, of Oak Way, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

She said the accused had behaved “appallingly”, but noted the only damage was to himself and his own property.

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