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Saturday 3 December 2016

Nuisance was drunk as busker performed

A REPEAT offender with 128 prior convictions was arrested for stumbling drunkenly through a busker's audience in the city centre.

Jonathan Grimes (27), who then became threatening towards gardai, was fined €300 for public order offences in the incident.

Grimes, of Rutland Street Lower, Summerhill, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour to cause a breach of the peace at Temple Bar Square last November 23.

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Gda Stephen Walshe told Dublin District Court he was on patrol at 12.10am when he noticed Grimes was very intoxicated.

When gardai spoke to him he slurred his words and became threatening.

Grimes was arrested for his own safety and taken to Pearse Street Garda Station and charged.

The officer said a large crowd had gathered and were watching a busker and Grimes was "stumbling through the whole lot".

The accused, who was currently serving a sentence for theft, had no recollection of the incident.

Judge Patricia McNamara imposed the fine and conviction, saying it must be paid forthwith.

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