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Thursday 18 October 2018

Cheeky drunk told gardai his name was 'Oscar Wilde'

Oskars Goldmanis said he couldn’t remember much
Oskars Goldmanis said he couldn’t remember much

A drunk retail worker who was asked for his name by gardai told officers he was "Oscar Wilde" before laughing in their faces.

Oskars Goldmanis (29) said he didn't have a great memory of the incident as he had drunk too much.

When Judge Dermot Dempsey heard Goldmanis had laughed after telling gardai his name was "Oscar Wilde", he said: "He's not laughing now, is he?," as the defendant stood in front of him at Swords District Court.

Goldmanis avoided a conviction yesterday after Judge Dempsey ordered him to donate €300 to the Ladies Circle and applied the Probation Act.

Goldmanis, of Main Street, Applewood Village, Swords, admitted refusing to give gardai his name and address in Church Road, Swords, on April 1.

He had no previous convictions.

Sergeant Terri Ferguson said the defendant was interfering with a roadworks sign and then threw it into a ditch.

Laughing

When gardai asked Goldmanis to return the sign and provide them with his name, he said: "No. My name is Oscar, Oscar Wilde", and began laughing, the court heard.

Sgt Ferguson said the defendant was intoxicated at the time.

Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said Goldmanis, who was originally from Latvia, moved to Ireland 12 years ago and had been working consistently. He said he now worked in the retail business.

"He has never been a burden on the public purse," said Mr Jackson, adding that his client didn't have a great memory of the night.

"He apologises to gardai. It was completely out of character. He drank too much and he has always been of good behaviour in the past," he said.

He added that when Goldmanis was arrested he spent time in a cell, "so he has received some punishment".

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