Thursday 17 January 2019

Birthday youth ignored garda instruction to leave restaurant

Jack Woodruff was out celebrating with a group of friends
Jack Woodruff was out celebrating with a group of friends

A birthday reveller ignored a garda direction to leave a fast-food restaurant because he believed he had done nothing wrong.

Jack Woodruff (20) had claimed he was trying to intervene in a dispute between other males.

He had been out celebrating his birthday with a group of friends, a court heard.

Judge Dermot Dempsey struck out the charge, leaving Woodruff without a conviction, after he made a €400 donation to Le Cheile.

The defendant, of Mooretown Road, Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to failing to follow the directions of gardai.

The incident took place at McDonald's, Airside Retail Park, Swords, on November 20 last year.


Gda Michael McCallion said officers were called to McDonald's at around 4am after staff reported a disturbance involving a large number of males in the toilets.

Gda McCallion said Woodruff was directed to leave the area but failed to do so.

The court heard the defendant had never been in trouble before.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said Woodruff felt he had done nothing wrong, and he was trying to intercede in a row between other individuals.

Mr Jackson said Woodruff had been out celebrating his birthday and had consumed alcohol.

He said Woodruff now realised that if gardai ordered him to leave an area he should do it.

The court heard Woodruff had apologised to Gda Mc- Callion for his behaviour.

Woodruff was working and anxious to avoid a conviction.

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