A DRUNKEN teenager who roared and shouted abuse at Dublin Bus passengers had struggled to cope with the death of his brother, a court heard.
Martin Wilson (18) apologised for his behaviour, saying he had too much to drink and did not remember much about his behaviour. His solicitor said Wilson had a very difficult childhood, and the death of his brother badly affected him.
A judge ordered the defendant to complete 150 hours community service in lieu of three months in prison.
Wilson, of Marrowbone Lane, Dublin 8, admitted before Tallaght District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour. The incident took place at Belgard Square West in Tallaght on November 15 last.
Garda Aidan Ferris said he was on patrol shortly before 8pm when he received a call from Dublin Bus complaining that a youth was abusing passengers and a bus driver.
Garda Ferris said he met Wilson, who was very violent and abusive to gardai and members of the public.
The court heard that Wilson had five previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.
Defence solicitor John O'Leary said Wilson had a very difficult childhood, and he lost a brother who was very dear to him, and this affected him badly. Mr O'Leary said Wilson had too much to drink, and was very apologetic for his behaviour. Wilson has spent time in St Patrick's Institution, and had paid a heavy price for his past behaviour, he said.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy ordered Wilson to complete 150 hours community service in lieu of three months.