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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Street fight dad told gardai 'mind your own business'

A FATHER-of-one who got into a street fight with two others told gardai to "f**k off and mind your own business", a court heard.

Jonathan Grimes (26) also struggled with officers when they tried to handcuff him.

Judge David McHugh ordered Grimes to complete 200 hours community service in lieu of five months in prison.

The defendant, of Rutland Street Lower, Dublin 1, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to obstruction and failing to follow directions of gardai at O'Connell Street Lower, Dublin 1 on June 8, 2013.

Sergeant Mary Doherty said gardai came across Grimes and a second individual in an altercation with a third man.

Sgt Doherty said gardai separated them and directed them to leave the area.

She said Grimes shouted at gardai, telling them to "f**k off and mind your own business".

Sgt Doherty said Grimes refused to allow gardai to handcuff him and started struggling.

Grimes also admitted to stealing bottles of beer, worth €132, from Trinity Arch Bar.

The court heard Grimes has 116 previous convictions.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Grimes had a difficult upbringing, his brother died due to cot death, and Grimes found him.

He started dabbling in cocaine, cannabis and sleeping tablets at 13 years old, but he is now stable and drug free.

Ms Jackson also said Grimes has one son, and he is very proud of him and actively involved in his life.

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